Cover photo for Robert J. McKinney's Obituary
Robert J. McKinney Profile Photo
1947 Robert 2020

Robert J. McKinney

January 4, 1947 — November 25, 2020

Robert  McKinney, 73, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born January 4, 1947 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Daniel Roy McKinney and Versa (Gibson) McKinney.

He grew up in McMinnville, Oregon where he enjoyed fishing and raising chickens. On a visit to see his father, Bob met Janell Hammons and fell in love. The two were married on June 16, 1973 in Clintwood, Virginia and would move to Oregon for the next eight years before moving back to rural Larwill, Indiana. In 2007, he and Janell moved to Columbia City. After 30 years, Bob retired from STAFCO as a welder and worked at the Columbia City Walmart as an assembler for a few years. He always liked to stay busy, enjoyed being outdoors and found relaxation in fishing and mowing.

Bob loved his family and cherished his four grandchildren. In recent years he found joy in playing Farmville on the iPad and having his family join him on the CO-Op. Bob had excellent repair skills and taught his family some of the basic skills needed for life. He was loving but had a good sense of humor to play a joke others.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Janell McKinney; son, Adam (Lydia) McKinney; daughter, Kelly (Josh) Jefferson; grandchildren, Henry, Ellie, Samuel and Emily; sisters, Eva Glass and Mary (Jim) Bundy; brothers, Tom (Shirley) McKinney, Russ McKinney, John (Lucy) McKinney and Jack (Diane) McKinney. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Michael McKinney, Danny McKinney and Richard McKinney.

A gathering of family and friends will be  4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Face masks are required for attendance. Due to the current Covid Restrictions, there will be a private service for the immediate family but it may be watched live on Facebook through DeMoney Grimes Live at 10 a.m., Wednesday. Burial will take place at Stough Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in memory to Riley Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Visit to send Robert's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert J. McKinney, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Photo Gallery

Visits: 2

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree