John Michael “Mike” McKee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:48 pm

John Michael “Mike” McKee, 69, of Decorah, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at his home in Decorah. Visitation was Monday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian is helping the family with the arrangements.

John was born Nov. 28, 1945, to John R. and Carolyn (March) McKee in Indianola. He graduated high school in Indianola and attended Iowa State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in farm operations. Mike was united in marriage to Dorothy Koethke Jan. 16, 1976, at Ossian Lutheran Church, Ossian. They raised three children: Kelly, Patrick and Martha. Mike joined the Northeast Iowa Farm Business Association in 1973, where he was hired by farmers to do their bookkeeping and tax preparation. He loved sailing and was building his own 38’ sailboat. He also enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and he was very mechanical.

Mike is survived by his three children: Kelly (Rosemary) Rice of Chicago, Ill., Patrick McKee of San Diego, Calif. and Martha (Daniel) Paterson of Washington D.C.; four grandchildren: Tristin McKee, Conor Rice, Abigail Rice and Elijah Paterson; his mother, Carolyn McKee; and two brothers, Mark (Lynne) McKee of Carlisle and Steven McKee of Indianola.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 2013; his father, John McKee and a brother, David McKee.

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