Gary McKenney

July 25, 1941 ~
July 1, 2021

Gary James McKenney, age 79, of Jenison, was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Gary, born July 25, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MI, was a very devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a quiet, gentle man who loved gardening, bowling, stamp and coin collecting, the Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Gary was a faithful employee of Steelcase, Inc., for over 20 years. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Norma Jean (Skripka) McKenney and his children and grandchildren: Michael (Mary) McKenney (Kelly and Colin McKenney, Andrew Moon); Julie (Kevin) Mayer (Nicole and Justin Mayer); Steven (Ann) McKenney (Liam, Ewan and Declan McKenney). He is also survived by his brothers Gene (Bea), Kenneth (Linda) and Randy (Margie) and many nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law James (Lynne) Skripka, Wayne (Mary) Skripka, Paul (Kathy) Skripka and mother-in-law Bernadine Skripka. He was preceded in death by his parents Percy and Mary (Schneider) McKenney, brother and sister-in-law Doyle (Marlene) McKenney, father-in-law Victor Skripka and nephews Andrew McKenney and Scott Skripka. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Gary’s life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish, 2700 Baldwin St. Jenison with Fr. Colin J. Mulhall presiding. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday, July 6, from 6 to 8 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4145 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI and one hour prior to the funeral mass at church. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Spectrum Health Hospice and the Terrace at Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center. .

Tuesday, July 6
6:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Wednesday, July 7
10:00am - 11:00am

Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish
2700 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428

Funeral Mass
Wednesday, July 7

Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish
2700 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428

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July 09, 2021 2:51pm
So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Remembering past good times of hunting, cycling, snowmobiling, bowling, ballgames with him and his brother. We were unable to attend the visitation due to healrh procedures but we send heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely Harvey and Sheryl.

- Harvey Steensma

July 05, 2021 10:32am
Gary (Dad McKenney) was such a great guy to us kids growing up. No matter what we were up to i dont recall ever hearing him even raise his voice. Always there with an encouraging word or offering a snack. I know he will be missed. My condolences to the family and friends, his children and grandchildren. Sorry for your loss.

- Steve Parsons

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