Clifford McKee, age 71, of Gower, MO, formerly of Hamilton, passed away May 4, 2017, at his home under the care of Hospice after many years of suffering from his exposure to Agent Orange.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1946, to Ray Ammon and Bertha LaVeta (Cole) McKee near Hamilton. Clifford attended Hamilton schools and graduated from Penney High School in 1964. Upon his graduation, he was employed at Farmers Produce and Grain in Hamilton as a truck driver. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the US Army.
On Oct. 28, 1967, he married Martha Ann Whitacre. To this union was born two children, Stacie Jo McKee Gaylor and Ryan Mathew McKee. They later divorced. In July 1978, he married Linda Petrey. They have lived the past 36 years in Gower.
Clifford had worked at Safeway Grocery Warehouse in Kansas City, KS, assisted Eddie Pickett Auction Service, and for the past 25 years worked for Coulter Bus Company in Smithville.
He liked antiques, garage sales, mowing his lawn, flowers and his dogs, Peaches and Sadie.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; sister, Martha Yake; a niece; and a grandson, Jeffrey Petrey.
Clifford is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Linda, of the home; children Stacie Jo Gaylor (Reece), Ryan McKee (LaTasha), Dana Kelly and Martin Petrey; nine grandchildren, Sienna and Liam Gaylor and Miranda, Noah, Riley, Cameron and Jevin McKee and Emily Tate Stephens and Jonathan Petrey; two great-grandchildren, Brody and Alexis Petrey; sister, Nancy Millikan (Glenn); brother Harold McKee (Violet); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home in Gower. A Military graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Allen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice.