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McKinley Sizemore

June 15, 1923 — August 3, 2012

McKinley Sizemore, a long time resident of Keyesport, Illinois passed away on August 3, 2012 at 4:45am surrounded by his loving family. He was baptized at Keyesport Christian Church and attended Wisetown Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his twin sister Gracie Couch, his Parents, James & Georgianne Sizemore, three brothers Pleasie, Don and Keen Sizemore, and three Sisters, Mae Sizemore, Nancy Sizemore and Mollie Jones and one Grandson, Brian Ennen. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sizemore of Keyesport, IL and his sisters, Daisy Howard of Nashville, TN, Anna Carol & Paul Jones of Hyden, KY and Sylvia & Otis Napier of Hyden, KY; Brother: Paul & Faye Couch of Hyden, KY; Seven children: Evelyn (Ken) Hayden of York, PA, Mary (Ron) Mallory of Blairsville, GA, Lt. Col. Bill Sizemore of Ponte Vedra, FL, Ken (Nancy) Sizemore of Fleming Springs, FL, Barbara (Randy) Roberts of Keyesport, IL, Rick (Cynthia) Sizemore of Santa Clarita, CA and Karen (Dennis) Ellison of Portland, TX. McKinley is also survived by 15 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren living in British Columbia, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Arizona. McKinley was born on June 15, 1923 in Thousandsticks, KY. He was a decorated combat veteran of World War II and served with the 345th Bomb Group as a T-Sgt flying 45 combat missions in the Pacific as a B25 Radio Operator / Gunner. After the war, he received his Master's Degree at Union College in Barborville, KY and worked three years as a school teacher in Kentucky. He moved to Illinois in 1954 and served 29 years as the Principal at Keyesport Grade School then retired in 1983. He loved spending time with his family, walking his dog, Lucky, evening drives around Carlyle Lake, gardening, and telling captivating stories to family and friends. Visitation for McKinley will be held at the Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle from 4:00-8:00pm Monday, August 6. Services will be held at Wisetown Baptist Church in rural Greenville on Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00am. Memorials may be made to Wisetown Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. This Courtesy of Wolfe & Sons Funeral Home upon the family's request.


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