Milburn Eldee McKinney, Sr.


Milburn Eldee McKinney Sr. of Ormond Beach, Fla., passed away at home under the care of Hospice. Born Feb. 1,1932, in Egeria, W.Va., he was the son of the late Wiley McKinney and Violet Green McKinney.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean LaVigne of Chazy, N.Y., and a brother, Jack McKinney of Rock, W.Va.
Out of high school, Milburn enlisted in the Navy and was a submariner. While visiting his sisters in Chazy, he met Mary Lou Russo, who was to become his wife of 64 yrs. He entered the Dept. of Corrections in 1956 and was a correction officer for 32 years, retiring in 1988. He had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and growing different fruits. He also liked woodworking and made many nice pieces. He loved fishing the Saranac River for trout. Later in life, he took the time to restore a 1936 Cord that he had owned since the early 60's.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Russo McKinney, 3 sons, Terry McKinney and wife Grace of Ormond Beach, Fla., Frank McKinney and wife Lynn of Spartanburg, S.C., Bosco McKinney and wife Karen of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; one daughter, Cindy Sibert of Belleville, Ill.; 5 grandchildren, Danielle Wiedmaier, Matthew McKinney, Morgan McKinney, Andrew Knef and Jessie Huck; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by 5 brothers - Wiley Mckinney and wife Gayla of Zolfo Springs, Fla., Bill McKinney and wife Maurice of Orlando, Fla., James McKinney and wife Donna of Princeton, W.Va., Weldon McKinney and wife Judy of Rock, W.Va., and Chester McKinney and wife Debra of Valpraiso, Ind.; also one sister, Betty Green of Chazy, N.Y.
An announcement will be made at a later date for a small service that will be held in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
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Published on August 12, 2019
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5 posts

mike mccorry
Aug 16, 2019
I always thought highly of Eldee. We worked together on the midnight shift at the annex and fished the Saranac together as well. He grew the best tomatoes I ever had as we would go down to his garden pick em, salt em and eat em...May you RIP my friend.
Barbara Dalton
Aug 14, 2019
I did not know him personally, but have had the privilege of knowing his brother Weldon for over four decades. Weldon and his family are like my family. Being made from the same mold I am sure if he was anything like Weldon, he was a fine man. Condolences to the family.
Barb Varin
Aug 13, 2019
Terry & Grace. I just read about the passing of Terry's dad. Please know you are in my thoughts. May God Bless you and your family.
Tim and Kathy O'Neill
Aug 13, 2019
Marylou and family we are sorry to hear about Eldee.. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barbara Greene Bridges
Aug 13, 2019
My deepest condolence. Prayers coming for all who loved Eldee.