Elmer McKee, age 95, of Imlay City, MI area, died Friday, July 2, 2021 in Lambertville, MI. Elmer Gilbert McKee was born July 12, 1925 in Cass City, MI. He was the son of the late Eugene and the late Lila (Chapman) McKee. He grew up in the Cass City area. Elmer was a graduate of Cass City High School, Class of 1943. Elmer served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. from 1945 – 1947 at the end of World War II.
Elmer married Elva Irene Lindke on December 28, 1949 at the East Goodland United Methodist Church, Imlay City. Elmer and Elva moved to the Imlay City area after they married in the early 1950s and he operated a dairy farm in Goodland Township from 1949-1965. He became a journeyman pipefitter for the Chrysler Motors Corporation. Elmer worked for over 22 years for Chrysler Motors Corp.; he worked in Sterling Heights and retired from Highland Park in 1987. Elmer finally stopped farming at the age of 88. Elmer and Elva were very involved in the ministry of their churches: East Goodland United Methodist Church (until it closed in the late 1990s), West Goodland United Methodist Church (while helping to build their new addition), and always at the Imlay City United Methodist Church.
Elmer is survived by his daughter, Ann (Paul) Heilborn of Pleasant Lake, MI; sons, Ron (Gloria) McKee of Washington, IL, Mark McKee of Holly, MI and Wesley (De-Lite) McKee of Lambertville, MI; and his sister, Ruth Ann (Barry) McCafferty of Otter Lake, MI. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Matthew McKee, Joshua McKee, Jason McKee, Daniel McKee, Rebecca McKee, Lauren McIntosh, Evan Heilborn, Jillian Heilborn, Allen McKee, Hayden McKee-Zech and Graycen McKee; and ten great-grandchildren.
Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Elva McKee (2009); his daughter, Lois McKee (2018); brothers, Herbert, Frank, John, Grant, Alvin and George; and sisters, Evelyn McKee and Lucille Crittenden.
The funeral services for Elmer will be held at11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street (corner of 4th and Main Street), Imlay City, MI. Reverend Dr. Marcel Lamb, of the Imlay City United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Imlay Township Cemetery, Imlay City.
The family will be available for visitation 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to the Imlay City United Methodist Church or ETHNOS 360 (formerly known as New Tribes Missions).
Please be sure to sign the online register book at muirbrothersfh.com to share your memories and condolences with the McKee family.