PERKINS, Oklahoma (SmallTownPapers) -- Jake E. McKee, 79, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Lonnie McKinzie will officiate. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jake was bom on June 16, 1932 to Leslie Virgil McKee and Abbie Ellen Baker in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jake cowboy'd in his younger years, bull riding and breaking horses. He later started driving a truck, he done that for over thirty years and loved every mile of it. Jake loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids, riding horses, fishing or going hunting. He married his best friend and love of his life, Julia, on July 16, 1951. They lived on love for over sixty years. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He loved his family so very much. What he lacked in money he made up with love. He was always there for his family. Jake was a very faithful man. He loves his God and served him well. He will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; three brothers; son, Floyd McKee; great grandson, Lucas Lemire; and great granddaughter, Raegan McKee.

He was survived by Joanne and Les Lile of Glencoe; Pat and Emmett Wright of Ripley; Gene and Paula McKee of Morrison; Larry and Barbra McKee of Ripley; David and Valenda McKee of Guthrie;

Alice Murray of Ripley; Alicia and Curtis McElroy of Ripley; and Angel Murray of Ripley. Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Candy Lemire of New York, her two children, Houston and Amber; Melissa and John Ritchie of Edmond, their three children, Haylee, Trish, and Kelsi; Evelynn Williams of Stillwater, and her three children, Cameron, Brooklynn and James; Nicholas Eversole of Stillwater; Junior and Brandi Bailey of Ripley, and their three children, Miranda, Patricia and Levi; Jake and Dottie Bailey of Ripley, their four children, Colby, Stacy, Ashley, and Jake, and their kids, Gentry and Chris, Gracey and Trenton, Zoey and Bryan, Laura Lakawitz of Ripley; Josh McKee of Morrison, and his daughter, Morgan; Justin and Karrisa McKee of Morrison, their son, Cutter; Kevin Gambill of Morrison; Tiffany Gambill of Stillwater, and her two children, Jeremy and Andrew; Rusty McKee of Ripley; Shawn and Ronnie McKee of Edmond, and their two children, Charlie and Hudson; Davy and Heather McKee of Guthrie, and their two children, Tina and Billy; Joe McKee of Stillwater, and his four children, Connor, Bradley, Grade, and MaKenna; Susie McKee of Guthrie, and her two children, Joseph and Selena; Paxtin Ven-tris of Ripley, Aspen, Wyatt, and Jake.

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