March 3, 1930 – August 1, 2019
Gilbert (Gib) McKenna, age 89, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away August 1, 2019. He was born in Renton, PA on March 3, 1930. He graduated from Plum High School in 1948 and began working at the Universal Cement Plant in Unity, PA. He was married to Dorothy (Dot) Putzlocker McKenna on October 25, 1952. Shortly after, he went into the Army and was sent overseas to serve in the Korean War. He served from Jan. 1952 to Dec. 1953. Upon his return, he went back to work at the cement plant as a janitor. In the early years of working, he also attended night school at Penn State University and earned a chemistry degree. Gib worked his way up through the company and became the Plant Manager. He retired after 42 years with the same company. After he retired, Gib & Dot moved to Phoenix, AZ to be near their daughter and welcomed 2 wonderful grandchildren. Gilbert is survived by his daughter, Michele Scott & son-in-law, Steve Scott, and their 2 children, Ashley Scott & Aaron Scott, all reside in the Phoenix area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy McKenna (2013) and son, Scott McKenna (2012). He was a member of the 35th Infantry Association - Korea Division - Heavy Mortars - in the Army. He loved living in the hot sonoran desert of Arizona as well as traveling the world aboard many cruises. He enjoyed time with family and friends and he will be sorely missed by all. Committal Service with Military Honors will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 am the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gilbert's honor may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ.
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August 13, 2019
I was born in 1953 when Uncle Gib was in Korea. I received a beautiful embroidered Korean outfit from him. When my son was a baby, in 1980, I sent a photo of my son wearing that same outfit to Uncle Gib and Aunt Dot. Loved him dearly. Will miss him much.
Don & Marie Kost
August 6, 2019
Our memories go back to 1952 when I met Gib in the Army. We spent time in California then got orders to go overseas. Gib went to Korea and I went to Europe. Before we left Gib asked me to be his Best Man at his wedding. I never hesitated to yes. Then we headed in different directions. Marie and Dot kept in touch while we were gone. When we got home we became fast friends. I went with IBM and NY and Gib with the cement company. I think one of the highlights of our friendship was the week in the Bahamas. It was a GREAT adventure. I will miss Gib like a member of our family. God bless Gib and his family.