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Donald McKinley

October 13, 1947 — January 10, 2021

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, Donald R. "Mac" McKinley, 73, loving father of two boys, passed away at home surrounded by his cherished pets; dogs, Buster and Ruby, and his two cats, Bob and Tom.
Don was born on October 13, 1947 in Peoria, IL to Ralph "Shorty" and Shirley J. (Underwood) McKinley. He was a graduate of Normal Community High School in 1966 and worked as a tire builder at Bridgestone/Firestone for over 30 years. On September 26, 1970, he married Adelina Rodriguez. They raised two sons, Michael and Mac in Downs, IL.
Don was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served honorably as a Navy Hospital Corpsman alongside the Marine Corps, most notably providing combat medical aid for the brave men of the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in the Battle of Hiep Duc "Death Valley" (1969), for his service he earned a Purple Heart with gold star. Don supported numerous veteran's groups and causes throughout his life. He was active in the local veteran's community, American Legion Post 1150, Downs and Veterans of Foreign Wars 6026, El Paso. Don was a true American Patriot and took great pride in his time in service and in helping his fellow veterans.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, his mother Shirley J, and beloved nephew Johnny. He is survived by his two children Michael Allen (Ana Clara) Niteroi, Brazil and Mac Eugene (Pam Galloway), Bloomington, IL, his two sisters, Virginia McKinley Lowery, Towanda, IL and Judith Ann McKinley Hospelhorn, Nashville, TN and three half-brothers, Glen Arthur Wagner, William J. McKinley, Charles E. McKinley and stepbrother Calvin Health. He is also survived by his stepmother Mary McKinley, Lewiston, IL. "Uncle Donnie" was loved by his nieces and nephews, and his great nephew Zach Fasig. He is also survived by the much-loved mother of his boys, Adel Luster.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Baughman Cemetery, located seven miles north of El Paso. Immediately following services, family will be hosting an Open House with dessert bar at Grace Fellowship Church in El Paso. Please come share your thoughts and memories of Don. Cremation Rites have been entrusted to Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Online tributes and condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Humane Pups4Patriots and/or Ruby's Rescue and Retreat, McLean, IL.
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