Donald Gordon McKinney


Donald G. McKinney, 78, of Lyon Mountain, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2019, in Pinellas Park, Fla., under the care of Pinellas Park, Fla., hospice and his partner, Herbert Franzen.
Don McKinney was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., June 29, 1940, son of John and Erma McKinney. He was in the United States Air Force for 25 years, where he worked in military intelligence and was a recipient of the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam. Don survived the 1959 Syracuse University, Skytop fire that took the lives of 7 airmen, while at language school for the Air Force. Don was employed by the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., for 15 years. He later returned to his hometown of Lyon Mountain, N.Y., in 1997. Shortly after meeting his life partner, Herb, they started a retail business called "Mountain Man and the Little Guy." They had stores in Plattsburgh and Watertown, N.Y., South Burlington, Vt., and seasonally at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla., until 2017.
Don is predeceased by his parents, and brother, Gerald McKinney.
Survivors include his spouse, Herbert Franzen, and their combined 10 children, 15 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will take place this summer in Lyon Mountain, N.Y.
The family of Don McKinney wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the hospice nurses of Clinton County, N.Y., and Pinellas Park, Fla.
Published on March 1, 2019
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4 posts

Phyllis Williams
Mar 03, 2019
Herb and family, So very sorry for your loss. So many great memories of Don. He had a heart of gold. Sending my Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy,Phyllis
Allen McKinney
Mar 03, 2019
R.I.P. Cousin Don.
Isreal, Juliann, And Alexandra Phelps
Mar 02, 2019
Lynn and the McKinney family: we are so saddened to hear of the passing of your father. He was a wonderful man. We wish you peace and comfort, and are honored to celebrate his life this summer. We have the wind chimes from his store hanging in our arbor and they still attract ruby throated hummingbirds every year. Our hearts are with you. xx
Stephe and Sue Sauve
Mar 02, 2019
Herb, Lynn and extended family....So very sorry for your loss. What a great man. I feel so grateful to have known him. The recent stories he shared were amazing. He will be missed.