Maurice Harold McKinney

Jan. 4, 1934 — June 29, 2020

Maurice Harold McKinney, 86, a lifelong farmer from Pulaski, passed away at 8:42 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport. 

He was born on Jan. 4, 1934, in Monon, to the late Harold and Hazel (Morris) McKinney. Maurice graduated from Royal Center High School in 1952. On Oct. 25, 1953, he married Margene Louise Benson at White Oak Methodist Church in Headlee. She passed away Feb. 27, 2014. Maurice served in the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. 

Maurice was a longtime member of White Oak United Methodist Church in Headlee. After retiring from farming, he drove a school bus for Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. Maurice served many years on the Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Co. (PWRTC) Board and Pulaski County 4-H Fair Board. He was a member of the (former) Winamac IOOF Lodge #168. 

Maurice loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He took pride in keeping up his farm. He enjoyed playing euchre and was very competitive. Maurice enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities. He was a good father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Maurice will be dearly missed. 

He is survived by his sons: Gary McKinney of Pulaski, Mike [Sue] McKinney of Rochester, Steve [Sherry] McKinney of Winamac, and Tim [Sharon] McKinney of Star City; grandsons: Kyle McKinney, Bryan McKinney and Josh [Jessica] Polstra; granddaughters: Molly [Michael] Wardell, Brittany [Clayton] Smith and Amy Stewart; great-granddaughters: Amelia Louise Smith and Jenna Polstra; great-grandsons: Michael Theodore Wardell, Allister Moore and Julian Polstra; sister Phyllis Benge; brothers: Loren [Rosie] McKinney, Leon McKinney and Jerry [Darlene] McKinney; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Hazel (Morris) McKinney; and wife Margene Louise (Benson) McKinney. 

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, private services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Private burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac. 

Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church or Pulaski County 4-H Program.

Online tributes may be offered at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 8, 2020)

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