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Ira Jim McKee

Ira Jim McKee was born January 15, 1943 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Chester Leroy McKee and Opal Bernice Williams McKee. He was the youngest of three boys and had one younger sister. During his younger years, he was raised in Fox, Oklahoma. He learned the value of hard work from a young age working as a café dishwasher when he was twelve years old. He was too short to reach the sink, so he stood on a box to get the job done. When he was fifteen his family picked up the house and all and moved to Wilson, Oklahoma where he graduated from high school. His high school job was that of a school bus driver. He married the love of his life, Pat Wood at the ripe old age of seventeen, and became a father at age eighteen. After high school, he joined the National Guard. In 1963, he moved his pregnant wife Pat, and 2-year-old daughter, Tina Lynn to Plano, Texas. Jimmy Ray was born shortly after the move into the new house. At that time, he worked for the post office in Dallas, Texas. His job at the Post Office lasted for 5 years until he became a Dallas Police Officer in 1967. Over the course of thirty-one years as a police officer, he had many exciting adventures before retiring in 1998. He was a patrol officer, a trainer, and an arms trainer who achieved the rank of Senior Corporal. He trained one of the first two female officers to work for the Dallas Police Department. One of his most nerve-wracking experiences as a police officer involved being shot in the line of duty in 1991. Two robbery suspects shot him and his partner as they held a family hostage in an apartment. Even though he was shot in the abdomen, he entered the apartment and apprehended the suspects. As a result of his heroic act, he was one of seven officers who received the Medal of Valor from the state of Texas that year. He had several other "close calls" that gave his family plenty of chances to worry. He spent the last 4 years of his work with the DPD as a firearms instructor and armorer (someone certified to dismantle and repair firearms). He retired in August of 1998 with the current Chief of Police and four former Chiefs of Police in attendance. Retirement provided Jim time to do more of the things he loved. He traveled, gardened, welded, tamed animals, square-danced, caught lots of fish, and faithfully attended a Sunday game night with friends and neighbors. Some of his favorite trips included cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his readiness to laugh, his great cooking, the way he connected with people, and the fact that he was always willing and able to help all who needed him. There never seemed to be something broken that he couldn't fix. He is preceded in death by his father Chester LeRoy McKee, his mother Opal Williams McKee, and his brother Leroy Cleveland McKee. Ira Jim had his loved ones with him as he died peacefully at his home in Trinidad, TX on September 24, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Pat McKee of Trinidad, TX, his sister, Catherine Williams and husband Dwight of Healdton, OK, his daughter, Tina McKee Hardison and her husband Ken of Fairview, TX, his son Jimmy McKee and wife Sherry of Forney, TX, grandson Jason Hardison of Fairview, TX, granddaughter, Kristi Arnwine and husband, Brent of Melissa, TX, granddaughter Marisa Zitterich and husband Kyle of Forney, TX, granddaughter Valerie Peters and husband Mark of Little Elm, TX; great-granddaughters, Madison and Haley Arnwine, great-grandson Hayden Peters, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Donations to honor Jim may be made to the: Assist the Officer Foundation, 1412 Griffin Street East, Dallas, TX 75215 http://atodallas.org/support

Visitation

SEP 27. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home, Seven Points, TX TX, US

Service

SEP 28. 02:00 PM Tomlinson Funeral Home - Seven Points Highway 274 100 Tomlinson Lane Box 43691 Seven Points, TX, US, 75143 bevhuck63@aol.com http://www.tomlinsonfuneral.com/

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A candle was lit in memory of Ira McKee

Terry Raitt Apr 29 2017 12:00 AM

From Carol Keeton I was sorry to hear that Ira Jim passed away on the same day as Doyle's Memorial Service. I understand your grief, I will be thinking of you.

Carol Keeton Sep 30 2016 12:00 AM

Dish Garden with Fresh Cut Flowers was purchased for the family of Ira Jim McKee.

Anonymous Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Thirty one years of friendship. So many wonderful times. My favorite Ira J joke - How many beans do you use for chili or a pot of pinto beans? Two hundred thirty nine & no more. Why you ask? Because they would be to "farty!" He was the best!

Karen Healey Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Ira J. was one special person that was loved and liked by all who knew him. It was an honor to have known him and worked with him in the late 1960's and early 1970' at the NW Patrol Division. Ira J. was one good Policeman who always had your back,and one good Old School style PO-lice. He was one good fishing Buddy, motorcycle Buddy, one good domino playing Buddy, and a good partying Buddy. He was one of my favorite partners and a very special friend. May Godspeed on this your final signal 66 my Brother in Blue,and may you RIP. John R. Allen, Ret. DPD & Ret. Alvarado PD

John R. Allen Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Love, Mona and John Neill purchased the Peace, Prayers, & Blessings- Lavender and White for the family of Ira Jim McKee.

Love, Mona and John Neill Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Despite his very active life and work demands, Jim was first and foremost a family man. He loved to be with his wife, family and friends. Jim was a true friend to me. He was someone who was "always available" to help and mentor. Our fishing and hunting trips were not only for that but also for hanging out together. I will always love Jim as a brother. If it wasn't for him and Pat, I wouldn't have met my wife. His wit and sense of humor will never be forgotten. Carmen and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Pat and family and we pray for the Lord to bless and sustain them during this time of sorrow. Carmen and Dennis Smith Punta Gorda, Florida

Carmen and Dennis Smith Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Edwin and Olinda Dresser and family purchased the Floor Plant for Sympathy for the family of Ira Jim McKee.

Edwin and Olinda Dresser and family Sep 27 2016 12:00 AM

Bountiful European Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Ira Jim McKee.

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Classic Sympathy Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Ira Jim McKee.

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