Robert Eldon McKinney
Funeral Date: 9/14/2013

Obituary:
Early Sunday morning, September 08, 2013 Robert McKinney, loving father and husband, was called home to be with the Lord. Bob left Warren, AR, but never forgot his roots – building an A frame home along the Old Bradley Rd. He was born November 19, 1925 in Warren, AR; son of Roy Judson McKinney and Myrtle Roebuck. Survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Bilderback McKinney; and his children Roderic, Zachary and Pamela; and his grandchildren Garrett and Darcy Strobel, Zachary Robert McKinney, and Caroline and Connor McKinney. Also survived by his sister, Martha Joe Bolland and her three children, Judson, Mary Lou and Jim. Pre-deceased by his first wife of 37 years, Dorothy Mae Hildebrand. Having graduated High School in Warren, AR in 1942, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps to serve his country in WWII. Bob flew 20 missions as a flight engineer and top turret gunner over Europe in a B-24 Liberator, attached to the 460th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force. As a decorated war veteran, he returned home and attended Hendrix College in Conway, AR. He joined the newly formed Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1947 as a security inspector at Los Alamos, NM. He was recalled to active duty from 1949 to 1953 and was subsequently transferred to Buffalo, NY where he served as a Convoy Commander for shipment of nuclear weapons to storage sites at various SAC bases around the nation. Rising to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserves, Bob served tours of duty on Guam and other SAC bases to maintain AEC custody of high yield nuclear weapons as required by law to insure civilian control of the country’s nuclear capabilities. While in the Reserves, Bob attended the University of Maryland obtaining a degree in Business Administration and was transferred to the Office of the Secretary of the AEC, (the famous Dixy Lee Ray), as the nation focused on development of civilian nuclear energy. Bob and his family lived in Alexandria, VA for 21 years in Waynewood and the Ft. Hunt area. He served as an usher at Aldersgate Methodist Church and was active as a leader in the Boy Scouts. He retired in 1981 and traveled extensively between his homes in Warren, AR; Steamboat Springs, CO and Plantation, FL. Bob was a great outdoorsman and avid hunter, member of the Oakdale Hunting Club, the Sierra Club and belonged to the ELKS (BPOE) and the VFW. Services were held at Good Hope Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2pm with Rev. John Kidwell officiating internment followed in the McKinney Cemetery. Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to the Sierra Club in Bob’s name.

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Name: Jimmy Reep
Message: mr. Bob was a dear friend for many yrs. loved the out doors and friend to all. I know he will be missed. You all are in my praers.

Name: Charlotte Denton
Message: So sorry to hear about "Robert Eldon" as mother called him and looked forward to seeing and visiting with him each fall. Prayers for the family.

Name: Charles Landers
Message: I grew up in the Good Hope community and remember when he would visit with his parents, Mr. Roy & Mrs. Myrtle from time to time. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Name: Becky Quimby
Message: Mr. McKinney was one of my customers at the bank for many years. So sorry to see he passed away.

Name: Larry & Robbie Reaves
Message: Dear Family, So sorry for your loss, but what a guy! I always enjoyed conversations with Robert Eldon. He had so many adventures to tell about. When I was a kid, I couldn't help but be in awe when he would come home in his uniform. I will miss him. Our prayers are with you.

Name: Mark and Valerie
Message: Oh how we'll miss Bob. We'll never forget pinyon firewood he brought over to our house to enjoy with all our families at Christmas. And of course all the conversations about the outdoors.

Name: Judy Bolland Selig
Message: I'm in Colorado and can't attend Robert's service. He was larger than life to me when I was a child growing up in Good Hope, and all the McKinney family were wonderful friends and role models. All of you are in my thoughts.

Name: Leslie Farrell
Message: To my second Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you today and everyday. What lives in the heart will never die. xoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxox