Ralph William McKinley, formerly of Tilden, died Friday, Jan. 31, at Lakeland Care Center, Effingham, at the age of 86 years.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 2, at the King Funeral Home in Tilden, with Rev. Dennis Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Tilden Cemetery.

Mr. McKinley was born November 13, 1899 in Randolph County, a son of John and Minnie F. Plumer McKinley, and was married June 2, 1920 at Belleville to Mary Aitken, who preceded him in death in 1974.

Survivors include four sons, Dwight McKinley of Effingham, Lee McKinley of Port O’Connor, Texas and William McKinley and Roy McKinley of Coulterville; one daughter, Marguerite Morrison of Granite City; one sister, Mrs. Olive Dickey of New Athens; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, two sisters and two brothers.

Mr. McKinley, a long time resident of the Tilden area, was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Tilden and the American Legion Post of Marissa. He was a retired carpenter and a veteran of World War I.

Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of Tilden.

Source: Sparta, News-Plaindealer, Feb 5, 1986, Page 6

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