Jeffrey William McKinnon 73, of New London, Iowa, died January 6, 2018 at the Great River Klein Center after an extended illness. Born September 1, 1944, in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Bill and Margaret Lu Westerbeck McKinnon. He married Suzanne McCabe on December 6, 1970. They later divorced.
Mr. McKinnon graduated from New London High School in 1962. He was in the Navy for four years and served in Vietnam from May of 1969 until May of 1970, when he was honorably discharged. He received his degree in political science from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1974.
He worked for Goodyear Tire, Montgomery Wards, and retired from long haul trucking in 2007.
He loved his family and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Bears fan. He loved music and was a self-taught musician who played in many local bands. He closely followed New London and Ottumwa sports in support of his great-nephews and grandsons. He loved political discourse and liked to argue politics with his liberal friends.
Mr. McKinnon is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Ken) Callahan of West Des Moines, Iowa; his son, Robert (Laurie) McKinnon of Ottumwa, Iowa; his six precious grandchildren: Christian, Zachery, and Logan Callahan and Colton, Ryan, and Katie McKinnon; his sister, Gina (Bob) Anderson of New London; niece Lindsay (Bryant) Porter and nephew Ryan (Sara) Anderson, both of New London; one great niece, five great nephews; one aunt, Freda McKinnon and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He was a follower of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.
The memorial service for Jeffrey McKinnon will be at 11:00 am Friday at Elliott Chapel with Pastor Dean Graber and Mr. Mike Byrum officiating. Military rites will be by the Henry County Honor Guard. Visitation will begin at 9:00 with the family present to receive friends one hour prior to the service. Cremation has been accorded and inurnment will be at Burge Cemetery at a later date. Memorials have been established for New London High School Athletics and Great River Hospice.
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