Robert Joe McKinney, 89, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away on September 10, 2019 while at Union Hospital.
Bob was born in Brazil, Indiana on November 10, 1929, the son of Wellington Burdette and Pauline N. (Niswonger) McKinney. He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1947. At the age of 17, Bob began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Bob’s railroad experience ended abruptly when he was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served his country from 1951 until he was honorably discharged 1953. Once home from war Bob began working for Amax coal at the Chinook Mine. He served in many capacities over his 47 year mining career. He retired as a dragline operator 1994.
He played trumpet in the Jackson Township Band and the Brazil Concert Band. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers Local 1216, Scottish Rite of Terre Haute and the Knightsville Masonic Lodge.
Bob and Eileen would spend their winter months at their Venice, Florida home. They also enjoyed traveling, abroad and within the United States. Often, Bob would spend time hunting, fishing, and camping, and visiting with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eileen (Pell) McKinney, whom he married on September 11, 1953. He is also survived by 3 children: Vicki McKinney, Jaime McKinney, and Trina McCullough and husband Don; six grandchildren: Shuree McKinney, Shannessy McClure (Jonathan), Chase Graverson (Devon), Sage Graverson (Todd), Tylee Snyder (Alex), Tyden Graverson, and 13 great-grandchildren: Kai, Auz, Nox, Noa, Max, Cole, Layla, Nora, Eva, Gemma, Mayli, Cruz, and Brecken.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents: Wellington and Pauline McKinney and his brothers: James McKinney and Richard McKinney.
Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel 1702 East National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5-7pm. Masonic services will be held, on Friday, at the funeral home, at 7:00pm. Services will be held at the funeral home, on Saturday, at 1:00pm with Pastor Rick Koch officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military honors provided by members of the VFW Post 1127 and American Legion Post 2.