LAKE PLACID - Philip Keith McKinney died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the age of 93, in his home at 346 Averyville Lane, Lake Placid, NY. He was attended by his caring wife of 18 years, Deborah Hepburn-McKinney. He has been enrolled in High Peaks Hospice for the past several weeks. A daughter Cheryl Wilson also survives him.
Philip McKinney was born on September 12, 1918 in Fort Wayne , IN, the son of the late Walter and Rena (Bernhein) McKinney.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, seeing conflict during his more than 28 years of service the Pacific Theater, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as in Europe and Asia. As of his retirement on November 30, 1963, he had risen to the rank of Master Sergeant and had received numerous military honors, among them the following: four Purple Hearts; two Silver Star; seven Bronze Star and V Device; Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and five Loops; four Bronze Service Stars for WW II; three Bronze Stars for Korea.
On December 10 of 2009, the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY honored Mr. McKinney with his first official retirement ceremony, presenting him with a flag flown over West Point in his honor.
During Mr. McKinney's time in Lake Placid, where he had lived since 1964, he helped organize and participated in High Peaks Square dancing, was an active member of the Lake Placid Loins Club and American Legion Post 326. He enjoyed time spent with his and his neighbors dogs. He also appreciated fine cars.
During the 1980 Winter Olympics, Mr. McKinney directed regional snow removal activities. From his home at different times he ran a limousine service; a courier and delivery service.
There are no calling hours. A celebration of Philip McKinney's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Lake Placid American Legion Post 326, to which everyone who knew him is cordially invited. His uniform and collection of military medals will be presented to the post at this time. Refreshments will be served. Interment will occur at a later date.
The M.B. Clarks Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.