Robert McKown
Robert McKown
  • March 19, 1930 - May 31, 2016
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV – Robert “Bob” Evan McKown, age 86, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in the Harper Mills Rehab/Nursing Home, following a brief illness.

He was born in Millstone, Calhoun County, on March 19, 1930, a son of the late Evan McKown and Shirley Powell McKown.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Strickland McKown of Fayetteville, three daughters, Patricia Goodwin (Michael) of Jane Lew; Deloris Nelson (Randall) of Fayetteville, Sherry Kessler of Mt. Juliet, TN; one step-daughter, Karla Bachl (Todd) of Schnecksville, PA; three step-sons, Kevin McKown (Suzy) of Irvine, CA; Kent McKown (Beth) of Greer, SC; and Kirk McKown of Fayetteville. He is survived by three brothers: Ted (Katie) McKown of Ocala, FL; Paul (Shirley) McKown of Charleston, WV; Frank (Debra) McKown of Naples, FL; and one sister Martha (Paul) Booth of Vienna. Also, he is survived by 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Hill McKown and their son, Robert Evan McKown II; three brothers, Charles Gilbert McKown, John McKown, and Edward Powell McKown and two sisters, Helen McKown Wade and Myrtle Lou McKown Lilly.

He was an honored veteran of the United States Army, having served his country for 23 years from May 1946 (Fort Hays, Columbus, OH) until March 1969 (Fort Knox, KY Headquarters). His actual service record includes the following: 1946-1948” 38th Armored Calvary Unit, 1948 went to inactive duty in Army Reserves; 1950-1952: Korean War, 987th Armored Field Artillery, South Korea, achieving the rank of Sergeant; 1952-1955: taught at the Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, rank of Master Sergeant; 1955-1956: 9251st Test Unit Trans-Arctic group, Greenland; 1956-1960: Missile School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, achieving commission as Chief Warrant Officer; 1960-1963: 81st Artillery Battalion, Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, Germany; 1963-1965: 500th CAR Transportation Company, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 1965-1967: 521st Transportation Company, Fort Richardson, Alaska; 1968-1969: Vietnam War, 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion, Pleiku, South Vietnam, TET Offensive; 1 March 1969: retired from U.S. Army, achieving the rank of CWO-3.

Following his retirement from the Army, McKown completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Glenville State College and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from College of West Virginia Studies. He taught and was an administrator for twenty years in the Fayette County School System.

Upon retirement in education, he volunteered as a Fayette County AARP VITA consultant for twenty years.

He was a member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church where he contributed many hours of volunteer service. He was a member of the Rotary and American Legion/Veteran of Foreign Wars.

He loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He liked traveling, reading westerns, watching sports on television, and discussing life’s issues.

Friends and family will gather at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit officiating. Entombment will follow in the Huse-Lafayette Cemetery in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.