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Gay Duane McKinney

July 29, 1948 — January 29, 2023

Gay Duane McKinney, age 74, passed away on January 29, 2023, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin Missouri. He was born on July 29, 1948, in Springfield, Missouri to Wayne McKinney and Mary (Shipman) McKinney Hull.

Gay was drafted into the US Army when he was young. After he was discharged from the army, he wanted to go back to his trade as a logger. He continued to enjoy his passion by becoming self-employed and helping others.

Gay and Sherry fell in love and was married in 1980 and had two children together. He was a great family man, husband, and papa. He loved his family and always wanted to see them smile. He loved to be outdoors, riding his mules, and always telling stories.

Gay is survived by his wife Sherry McKinney of forty-two years, half-sister Evonne Garrison and her husband Joe Garrison, his grand-daughter Hailey, and her boyfriend Dalten Contreras, along with his two great-grand-daughters Claira and Collins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne McKinney and Mary Hull, stepdad Melvin Hull, son Wayne McKinney, daughter Jessica Adams and infant grandson.

Graveside Service will be held on February 6, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at Bruner Cemetery located in Bruner, Christian County, Missouri. 

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.  

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