Kenneth McKinley

September 28, 1940 ‒ October 04, 2018

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Kenneth McKinley, 78, of Reynoldsburg, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018. He was born in Youngstown on September 28, 1940 to James and Jane McEwing McKinley, immigrants from Scotland. Ken is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elaine; their four children: Marie (Flip) Carkido, Kenny (Kathy) McKinley, Jody (Mark) Hauersperger and Ginny (Jeff) Hazy; fifteen grandchildren: Alex, Andy, Adam, Josh, Alicia, Katie, Michael, Laura, Shaylynn, Brandon, Zachary, Rebecca, Rachel, Jeffrey and Andrew; nine great-grandchildren: Hayden, Nikolai, Faelan, Brooke, Paige, Kya, Emmalynn, Grant and Daxton; and numerous nephews and nieces. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, John and David McKinley.

After graduating from McDonald High School in 1958, Ken worked at the McDonald Works of the United States Steel Corporation. In October 1963, he was drafted by the United States Army, serving in the Military Police Corps at Fort McClellan in Alabama. It was here where he met Elaine, and here where they married on September 24, 1965. Upon returning to civilian life, Ken and Elaine resided in McDonald, where they raised their four children from infancy into adulthood. Ken was employed as a central office repairman at Ohio Bell Telephone Company, which later became Ameritech Ohio. He retired from Ameritech Ohio in 2001, after a thirty-five year career. After retirement, Ken and Elaine relocated to a rural area near New Matamoras, where they enjoyed being “down home”, then to Hubbard and finally to Reynoldsburg.

Ken was a man who was blessed with many skills and talents. He was a superb woodworker, carpenter, craftsman, painter and mechanic, and was continuously involved in a variety of projects involving these skills and talents. He was creative and meticulous, so his projects almost always ended with first class results. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in general. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and twice to Scotland. He enjoyed reading novels, technical books and magazines, and anything about history, especially about the history of Scotland, the land of his ancestors. He enjoyed watching television, including the History Channel and various do-it yourself programs. Ken had a very broad interest in a vast variety of subjects, and he was very knowledgeable about them. Regardless of the topic of conversation, he was not only a good listener, but was always able to provide additional interesting and inciteful information.

Ken was kind, thoughtful, patient, giving, and always ready to lend a hand and to be there for others. The love he had for his family was not always verbalized, but it was genuine, heartfelt and sincere. It was shown on the sidelines of various sporting events, on fishing expeditions, at amusement parks, picnics, county fairs and museums.

On Tuesday, October 9, Ken will be laid to rest in Sunbury Memorial Park, beside two people he very much loved and respected, his father- and mother-in-law, Joe and Elsie Semon, by whom he was loved as if he was their own son. May his soul rest in the peace of Heaven.


  • Another piece of my heart is missing. I will miss you, Kenneth. You and Elaine were so good to me. You gave me many wonderful and cherished memories. I always enjoyed the stories you told and how happy some of them made you while telling them…remembering your smile and burst of laughter right now. When I eat Rainier cherries, Walker shortbread cookies or jellied orange slices, I will think of you. During deer hunting season, I will picture you sitting in the blind, eating a sandwich, while a deer is standing nearby. You were generous with your love and kindness to your “younger siblings”. Yes, a piece of my heart is missing, but my faith tells me not to be sad, but rejoice in knowing that you are “home” and in no more pain. What a reunion it must be with Dad, Mom, Joey and Bill! Pray for us… we will continue to pray for you. I love you, Kenneth.

    Your little sister,

  • Elaine and entire family,
    Our hearts are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We are holding you up in prayer for God’s comfort and peace at this difficult time. God Bless!

    Bob and Pam Stach

  • I worked with Kenny for several years before his retirement at the Sterling central office. It was a pleasure to work with him as he was so knowledgeable and also funny with his dry British sense of humor. My Mother was born in Scotland and I in England so I always felt that we had a connection in heritage. My husband John also worked with Kenny and enjoyed the time spent with him. We are sad to hear of his passing and are sending our thoughts out to his family and friends.
    With deepest sympathy, John Hirst and Irene Robinson