Charles Edgar McKinney Jr.

July 29, 1924May 12, 2018

Charles Edgar McKinney Jr., 93, of Sun City, passed away in Glendale, AZ on May 12, 2018. Charles was born in Steamboat Springs, CO in 1924 to the parents of Charles Edgar McKinney, Sr., and Stella Louise Thrasher McKinney.

Charles was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Shasta, achieving rank of Boatswain’s Mate Second Class V-6. On May 19, 1946 he married Sophia Moraites who became his beloved wife for the next 70 years. Upon completion of his military service he held both operator and management positions at Edna Mine, near Oak Creek, CO which became Pittsburg & Midway Coal Co. in October 1961. In 1970 he received a promotion to General Superintendent and relocated to the McKinley Mine near Gallup, NM. He remained at McKinley Mine with various management positions until his retirement. Charles also was active with the Masonic Lodge, Order of Easter Star, Elks, American Legion, and belonged to United States Golf Assc., and the US Bowling Congress. Charles enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, hunting, RV travel and world travel. Left to cherish his memories are daughter, Cynthia Finken; son-in-law, Richard Finken; daughter-in-law, Barbara McKinney; grandsons Leo R McKinney, Ryan A. Finken and Brandon J. Finken; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Charles is predeceased in death by his wife Sophia McKinney; son, Daniel J. McKinney; four sisters, his parents, and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Colorado later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Charles and Sophia McKinney memory to Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek, CO 80467 or to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.


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Cheryl & Jay Weeks

May 26, 2018

So many fun times spent with Chuck (& Sophie) at the CO & TX homes of their beautiful daughter Cindi. Christmas, summer bar-b-q's, and just regular old every days Chuck was ALWAYS smiling that big beautiful smile of his with a twinkle in his eyes. He was loving and supper supportive of his family and always made us feel like part of that family. We will truly miss seeing that smile and will hold its memory in our hearts forever.