Valley County, IDGenWeb Project
Robert J. McKenna, 75, of McCall, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Boise after a two year battle with ALS.
In celebration of his life, on Saturday, May 19, an Irish Wake will be held at 4 p.m. at Shore Lodge in McCall.
Bob was born Sept. 23,1936, in San Diego, Calif. He was the son of Ted and Grace McKenna. After graduating from La Jolla High in 1954, he served four years in the U. S. Coast Guard.
In 1971, he married Kay, and during their years in San Diego, they enjoyed many activities that included diving for abalone, motorcycle riding in the desert, waterskiing at the Colorado River and camping in Baja. Bob even climbed Mt. Whitney as a young adult.
Leaving behind close friends and family in 1978, Bob and his family moved to McCall. During his years in McCall, when he wasn’t working, he could be found skiing, playing tennis, racquetball, golfing and even going to church in his later years.
He so enjoyed McCall and the surrounding area whether he was spending time at North Beach with friends or fishing with buddies. He also had a great passion for reading and never stopped learning.
He worked many years in the lumber business and in the trades where he made some of his closest friends. In the latter part of his working career he took a lot of pride in being part of the remodel of the Shore Lodge and development of the Whitetail Golf Course.
Bob had some very close friends that meant so much to him. People that he worked with, people that he worked for and people he recreated with. Those people were so very important to him and we know that he was eternally grateful for you being a part of his life.
Our family is so thankful for the people who have reached out to us and the medical support and treatment Bob received throughout his illness.
Bob is survived by his wife Kay McKenna of McCall; daughter Debbie Inman and her husband John of Campo, Calif.; daughter Lisa Whitaker and her husband Greg of San Diego, Calif., son Todd McKenna and his wife Cindy of McCall; sister Sharon Hollenbeck and her husband Dennis of San Diego, Calif., and nine grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ted and Grace McKenna.
Bob will forever be remembered as a giving man, whether it was in lending a hand to a project or his advice. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
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