Gerald G. “Jerry” McKay
April 4, 1930 – February 20, 2021
Jerry was born in St. Edward, NE, to Arthur and Lenna (Saville) McKay. He passed away in Papillion, NE. Jerry graduated from St. Edward High School in 1948. He attended Norfolk Junior College in Norfolk, NE. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Force, and they moved to Blair, NE, where they both worked for the Hunt Telephone Company.
He joined the Navy during the Korean War. Jerry and Mary were stationed at Pearl Harbor, HI, where their son Timothy was born at Tripler Army Hospital. After being discharged from the Navy, they returned to St. Edward, NE, where he worked for N. W. Bell Telephone Company. They lived in Norfolk, NE, where their daughter Mary Kathleen was born. They moved to Grand Island, NE, living there for 5 years before moving to Bellevue, NE, in 1963.
Mary and Jerry joined St. James United Methodist Church in 1963 and were active in many ways in the church including singing in the choir and serving on several committees. They helped serve communion monthly at Hillcrest Care Center for 15 years, providing the music as needed. Jerry was a member of St. James United Methodist Men and the newsletter committee.
This musically talented couple also sang with the Voices of Omaha for 17 years where they presented Handel’s Messiah at Christmas time. He sang for several years with the Bellevue Senior Singers as they entertained at churches and senior centers in the area.
He belonged to the VFW and the American Legion, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and worked with Jobs Daughters for several years. Jerry had a deep love of family and so enjoyed his three grandchildren, Jennifer, Joshua and Jerrid. His hobbies included music, bicycling, canoeing, amateur radio (KOFPM), fishing and traveling. He enjoyed the trip with the church choir to Coventry, England, his trip to Jamaica, and traveling about the United States.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and his parents. He is survived by his son Tim and wife Channon of Omaha; daughter Kathy and husband Alan Bobbitt of Garland, TX; grandson Josh and wife Chastine Bobbitt of Kansas; granddaughter Jennifer and husband Kirk Larson of Austin, TX; grandson Jerrid McKay of Bellevue; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation following CDC guidelines: Friday, February 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with Masonic Services at 7:00 p.m., at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Service following CDC guidelines: Saturday, February 27, 10:00 a.m., St. James United Methodist Church East Campus, 1501 Franklin Street, Bellevue.
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Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Edward, NE
Military Honors: United States Navy Honor Guard
Memorials suggested to St. James United Methodist Church.