Services with military honors for Fred McKay, of Marietta, are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home Chapel of Marietta with Bro. Murray McMurray officiating and Lawrence Anderson assisting. Interment will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
The son of Ben McKay and Lura Reasoner McKay was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Bomar, Love County. He passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Mercy Health Love County of Marietta at the age of 97.
Fred has been a resident of Love County most of his life. He attended school at Bowles and Meadowbrook in Love County. On Dec. 3, 1942, he was drafted into United States Army. Fred spent three years in the army serving during World War II and was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1945. For his service he was awarded EAME Service Ribbon, one Silver Service Star Medal, one Bronze Star Medal, one GO 172 Hq XV Corps 45. Fred married Billie Jo Harris on Feb. 7, 1943. They celebrated 72 years of marriage prior to her preceding him in death on March 23, 2014.
Fred was a farmer, rancher, truck driver and mechanic throughout his life. He was a worker with an amazing work ethic. He was a good mechanic and was always tinkering with cars. Fred loved taking care of his cattle and helping kids in 4-H and FFA. He enjoyed going to the sale barn. He volunteered at the Love County Livestock Show as swine superintendent for many years. Fred was a member of the American Legion. He liked gardening, taking care of his dogs, dancing and kids.  Most of all, he loved attending birthday parties and spending time with his grandkids and family.      
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Lanelle Lawson and a brother, J.B. McKay.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Fred McKay of Marietta and Stephen Mark McKay and wife, Jerlyn of Ardmore; four daughters, Linda Bollinger, Barbara McKay, Kelly Chambers and husband, Jerry all of Marietta, and Kathy Simpler and husband, Steve of Ardmore; brother, Frank McKay of Marietta; sister, Betty Anderson of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law, Helen Burkhart of California; brother-in-law, James Calhoun of Ardmore; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Chad Bollinger, Chris McKay, Scott Simpler, Jennifer Simpler, Tyson Miller, Matthew Miller and Ben McKay. Honorary bearers are Ted Freeman, Jimmy Don Long, Joe Bell, Tom Thompson, Ben Thompson, Bill Caldwell, Mark Hobbs, Jerry Norton, Charles McKay, Willis McKay, friends from the sale barn and coffee drinkers from Carl’s.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Encompass Home Health and at Mercy Health Love County for their compassionate care for Fred.  For those who wish to make memorial contributions, the family suggests Love County Livestock Show or the Love County Military Museum.
Time of visitation for family and friends will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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