William G. "Bill" McKay

September 4, 1928December 13, 2017

McKAY, William G. (Bill) –

Passed away on December 13, 2017 at his home in Spokane, WA. He was born on September 4, 1928 in Spokane, WA to W. James “Jim” & Hilda McKay and grew up on the farm in Almira, WA. He attended high school in Almira and graduated in 1946. Bill received his BS degree from WSU and then taught high school agriculture for 10 years in Pomeroy, WA, where he was also an FFA advisor. After teaching, he returned to the family farm in Almira, and in 1982, started McKay Seed Company. Bill was a member of Washington State crop improvement and was a Republican Party Delegate. Later, he served as Parliamentarian for the Lincoln County Republican Party. Bill enjoyed traveling, golfing, hunting, his dogs, making knives, agriculture and farming, and the outdoors. His family, grandchildren and friends were what was most important to him. Bill is survived by his wife Nancy, two children Mitchell (Ann) McKay, Daniel (Laura) McKay and three stepsons Scott (Rea) Lomas, Randy (Shelleen) Lomas, and James (Jane) Lomas along with 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren as well as his sister Eileen Millikan and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Joyce McKay in 1990, grandson Warren McKay, three brothers Phillip, Robert, and David McKay, and a sister Doris Egbert. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Almira Community Church, Almira, WA with a graveside to follow at 2:00 PM at the Lafollette Cemetery. Bill will lie-in-state at the Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA on Sunday December 17, 2017 from 3-5 PM. Please sign the online guestbook at Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA is caring for the McKay family


  • Visitation Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 18, 2017

William G. "Bill" McKay

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John Burns

December 21, 2017

As all of us from Pomeroy will say, he was one of the greatest persons we will have ever known and made an impact on all our lives. Such a great ag teacher. His picture with his smile captures the essence of his personality.Thank you "Mr McKay", for everything.

Woody Eagle

December 19, 2017

sorry to hear of the loss of Bill, (Willy)
He will be missed by all.I worked for Him and W.J. 50 years ago. When willy first came back to the farm north of Almira. Woody Eagle.

Jim Gumm

December 19, 2017

I am so sorry to hear this news. Willie was a very special part of my life. I learned so much during my years working for him and the McKay's. I wish I would have known sooner, so I could have been there to share memories today.

December 18, 2017

Bill was one the greatest persons I have ever known. He taught ag @ metal shop to me. He tried to make all of his students perfectionist. You did not pass welding unless your welding pad was perfect. Mr. McKay was proud of his students. He touched many lives @ was loved @ respected by all. Never forget that smile. He will be missed.

Mike Ledgerwood

Tim Burt

December 18, 2017

What a great man! Trying to remember all of the lives he positively impacted while at Pomeroy and even after he left here. One of "Bill's Boys".

Ray Keatts

December 17, 2017

He was as a great teacher, FFA advisor, life coach & friend. I remember the most important McKayism was (never refer to your dad as "the old man" because some day he will be) and now we are. He will be missed by many & remembered by all.


December 16, 2017

MR. MCKay was my ag instructor in Pomeroy Wa. I have fond memories having spent time in the classroom, his visits to our farm projects,etc. I'm so sorry for your loss! Dean Oldenburg, Lyle,WA

Bill Stanley

December 16, 2017

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. So many great memories from our time in Pomeroy. That smile, that laughtruly, a beloved person.

December 16, 2017

Dear Nancy, Mitch, Dan and families,

My heart reaches out to you all at this time. I always loved his smile.

Tamie Evers

Bob Kolva

December 16, 2017

Sorry for your loss.
Bob Kolva