Robert W. “Bill” McKown

August 19, 1933 ‒ October 05, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Robert W. “Bill” McKown, 85, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on August 19, 1933 in Mount Vernon to the late Robert C. and Myrtle M. (Nugent) McKown.

Bill honorably served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. He owned and operated McKown Electric in Mount Vernon for many years.  Bill was an avid motorcycle rider and belonged to the Goldwing Club and the Mid-Ohio Club.  He was a member of the McDonald’s Brew Club and a former member of the Elks Lodge 140.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce I. (Nichols) McKown; daughters, Janette (Larry) Lawless of Mount Vernon and Patricia (Arthur) Holcomb of Fredericktown; grandchildren, Nathan (Kristi) Morrison, Nicholas (Julie Meeker) Morrison and John (Heather) Auker; 9 great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and a sister, Kathleen Mosley of Altamonte Springs, FL.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jacklyn Kelly Auker.

In following with Bill’s wish, there will not be any services.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Knox County.

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  • Rest In Peace my dear friend. We enjoyed a lot of good motorcycle rides together which I will cherish for ever in my memories. I will remember and always cherish our friendship.

    • Thank you Denny, I know enjoyed your friendship and the motorcycle trips he always had good stories to tell about them.

    • Dear Denny an lynette,
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. Bill really cherished your friendship.
      Love to you both.

  • Trish and family, our hearts and prayers are with you. We were so privileged to have know Bill and had the opportunity to make some fond memories with him. We love you❤️.

    Kenny and Julie

  • Dear Janette, Larry, and the McKown Family, We are sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. We always heard what a great guy Bill was through family members who were friends, and now he can be reunited with these friends who have gone to Heaven before him. Imagine the thunder we heard last night might have been those Gold Wings welcoming him home. Please know that we care and that you all will be in our thoughts. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

    • Dick & Suzie, thank you for your kind words. I was very fortunate to have had my dad for 62 years. I will miss him, his quick wit and wicked sense of humor. Thanks again,Janette,Larry and McKown Family

  • Thank you, I know enjoyed visiting with you guys when you came up. He will be missed terribly. He could always make me laugh. Love you both!

  • Joyce, Janette, Trish,

    We were so very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I have always felt that Bill was more than just a good boss. He was very instrumental in my electrical company being successful. In my 15 years of working for him he never once raised his voice at me or made me feel small, though I’m sure there were times when he could have.His kindness was also shared by his family. Joyce, Janette, and Trish, you all have been like family to me over the years.

    I will truly miss Bill !!!

    They don’t make them like that any more !

    Till we meet again Bill, rest in peace .

    – Hissong Electric –

    Terry and Pam Hissong

    • Dear Terry and Pam,
      Thank you for your
      Kind thoughts. Bill
      Was always proud to
      Recommend you Terry
      and to claim you as
      an former employee.
      Love to you both
      Joyce and family

  • Joyce, Trish, Janette, and the McKown family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. When I think of Bill I remember he never met a stranger and he had a wonderful sense of humor. He always made us laugh and he was so much fun to be around. I’ve always loved your Dad and Mom and the McKown family like they were my own. It’s comforting to know that Bill is at peace now bringing joy and laughter to Jackie and his loved ones that have past before him. All our love, Deb and Kev

  • Joyce, Janette, and Trish our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bill. He was such a very special life long friend of my father. David and I thoroughly enjoyed
    all of their great and hilarious “back in the day”
    stories. It would be interesting to know how many
    bike trips the two of them made to Waldo for
    fried bologna sandwiches! Bill will never be forgotten
    and truly a special friend.

    Bill Bayliss , David Hughes, and Sheila Bayliss Hughes

  • Johnny, Heather, John William and Renee,
    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and all of your grandfather’s family!

  • I am very saddened to hear about your Dad’s passing, Trish. I only had the privilege of meeting him a couple times. May you find comfort in your memories of him. He lives on in all your hearts. Peace, Love and Prayers.

  • Mild Bill McKown

    When my time comes I won’t need A map you ride point and we will
    both get there.
    Wild Bill Bayliss

    • God bless your sweet
      Heart wild Bill Bayless. Bill was lucky to have you for a friend all these years

  • Trish and Janette,
    So sorry about your Dad. Losing your father is a loss no one can explain or that you can ever prepare for. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my heart hurts for you.
    Love, Belinda

  • I was so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s been years and years but my sister and husband were your neighbors on Cliff street, Ellen and Denver Short. Please accept my condolences.

    Patty Crouch Montgomery

  • Sorry to hear about Bill, he was a good guy, always enjoyed his company. Never could beat him in a game of cribbage, he always had a big laugh about that. Muggins to you my friend

  • We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a nice guy and a cherished member of our Chapter Y Goldwing family. We so enjoyed the times he joined us for dinner rides, scenic rides, First Fridays on the Square, and all those monthly chapter gatherings. It was obvious that he loved riding. He was always ready to ride with our group or his other groups. We will miss him a lot. Prayers for peaceful hearts for his family. Rest in peace, Bill.