Ivan J. McKee, 86, of Sparta, died Thursday, January 14, at the Sparta Community Hospital.

He was born October 21, 1901, at Sparta, a son of the late Robert and Ella Jones McKee. February 8, 1926 he was married at Percy to Emma Deppe, who survives.

Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Joe McKee, of Mascoutah; two daughters, Elene Sieberg, of Sparta, and Nancy Eggertsen of Johnson City; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Leona V of St. Louis.

Two daughters, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

A coal miner for 46 years, he was retired from the Bradbury Mine. He was a member of the UMWA.

Funeral services, with Rev. Bryan Chapell officiating, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the McDaniel Funeral Home, followed by burial in Caledonia Cemetery.

Source: News-Plaindealer, Sparta, Jan 20, 1988

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