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Judge Gary McKinley
Judge Gary McKinleyGavelJudge Gary F. McKinley, 78, of Marysville, formerly of Richwood, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning October 2, 2018 at the Memorial Hospital in Marysville.  

He was the longest presiding judge of the Union County Probate and Juvenile Court, having served for 24 years from 1979 to 2003.  Since his retirement in 2003, he remained active by accepting assignments from the Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge McKinley was born and raised in Richwood to the late Frank T. and Pauline (Jerew) McKinley.  After graduating from Richwood High School, he went to Otterbein College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962.  After a year in the Economics Master’s program at OSU, he went to Ohio Northern Law School and after graduation, was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1966.  He then returned to Union County to practice law and also served as Prosecuting Attorney from 1973 to 1979.  He was a member of the Union County Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Probate and Juvenile Judges, as well as many Masonic organizations.
Judge McKinley is survived by his wife, Mary (Appleby), whom he married on July 22, 2000; their children, Eric (Christine) McKinley, Panama City, Florida, LeAnn Jolliff, Colorado, Jerry (Rachel) Gauchat, Phoenix, Arizona, Roxanne (Carl) Lowe, Marysville, Pamela O’Hara, California; their grandchildren, Jacob Strait, Keith Schlotterback, Derick Jolliff, Tyler Wall, Trevor (Abigail) Wall, Brenna Gauchat, Milena Gauchat, Brady Lowe, Hailey Lowe, Cristy (Buck) Williams, Michael Gauchat, Brandi Williams, Eugene Goodlow, Johnny O’Hara;  and their great grandchildren, Jordan Wall, Gabriella Wall, Raeleigh Gunter.  He is also survived by his brother, Rex (Phyllis) McKinley, Zanesfield; his sister, Diane Johnson, Marysville; his nephews/niece, Russ McKinley, Clint McKinley, Jeff Martin, Michele (Russ) Moore; his great nieces/nephews, Caitlyn McKinley, Ryan McKinley, Elton McKinley, Aubrey (Garrett) Talmage, Colin Moore;  great, great niece/nephew Juniper Talmage, Quinn Talmage; and numerous close friends including Joe (Jenny) Float, Greg Nixon, Dave (Vanessa) Crisp and Bob Maxwell.
Friends may call Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 2-6 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, where there will be Masonic Services conducted by the Palestine Lodge #158 F. & A. M. Funeral services will be held Monday at noon at the funeral home in Richwood, friends may also call one hour prior to the service beginning at 11:00 am, Pastor Joseph Rhea will officiate and burial will follow in the Claibourne Cemetery
Memorial contributions in Judge McKinley’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati OH 45229  

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#1 from: Bob Maxwell
Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Mary and Family, prayers to you and your family.  Gary was a great man and friend to me throughout the years.  He will be deeply missed.

#2 from: Chris and amber smith
Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:48 PM

Sorry for ur lost and he was a great guy and will be miss prayers to u and ur family from mine

#3 from: Roger McDaniel
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 9:09 AM

To Gary and Gary's family:
Very sad to hear about Gary's passing---I have intense memories of conversations in years past.  We did not interact all that much but I always knew I could call Gary and he would "take the call".  One time I asked Gary:  "Why did you spend so many years as a Juvenile Ct. Judge___his answer spoke volumes about the kind of guy he was (and is)----Gary replied: "I love what I am doing because I can make a
difference in a young person's life---and point them in the right direction."

Case closed-----"Rest in Peace Gary"

Roger and Judy McDaniel  

#4 from: Dr. Joseph A. Float, Jr.
Marysville, Ohio
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Judge McKinley,

You were my boss for 22 years, my mentor for 39 years, and our abiding family friend through all that life brought us over the years.  So very grateful that you were in our life. You were always there for us.

Joseph, Jennifer and Jonah Float

#5 from: Dave & Jean Thornton
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 1:59 PM

To the McKinley Family,

Jean & I send our condolences to you all. Be assured that we hold lots of good memories of Gary in our hearts. Visiting with Gary and Mary was always a pleasure.
Take care and God bless.

Dave & Jean Thornton

#6 from: Judy Baker
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

#7 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 7:09 PM

Diane and family,
 So sorry about the passing of Gary. He and Ed were good friends and had a lot of laugh's together especially about school days. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#8 from: Larry Anderson
12400 Huber-Hazen Rd
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 8:57 PM

So, Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I have known Gary most of my adult live and always enjoyed his company and conversations. He was a Great Guy, I will miss him very much.
To his Wife and Family, you have my Deepest Sympathy during this difficult time.

#9 from: Kelly, Connor, and Kelsey Thornton
Marysville, OH
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Gary - Thank you for being a great neighbor to us, we enjoyed all of our time with you and Mary, and also a great man for the community. I especially enjoyed our sharing our love of music with each other. You will be greatly missed by the kids and I and the whole community.

Mary, Eric, and Family - I'm so sorry for your sudden loss of Gary. He was a great man to me and my kids. I hope that you can find many happy memories of your time with him to fill your thoughts these days and the days coming. Share these wonderful memories with each other and friends like you would pour from a bottomless bottle.

Eric - Your dad's sharp wit and kind words were always with him and at the ready, even Monday when I helped him into the house with Mary. Carry his smile and laughter with you where ever you go and whenever you need it. Peace to you, Mary, and the family.

#10 from: Roxanne Lowe
Marysville Ohio
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Where do I begin? From the time Gary & Mom started dating over 20 yrs ago.. I always thought very fondly of Gary. He was so good to my Mom & Family, and everyone that he knew. He was Smart, Handsome, Funny, Caring.

He was the Best Husband to my Mom for 18 years. He was the sweetest, kind, Pap Pap to my kids. He made it to almost every  game, School Events, Dance Recitals, Scouting Events.

He was the Best Step Father..He was always there for me and my husband Carl. He treated us like his own.

We love you and miss you...Rest Easy...You will never be forgotten. Watch over my Mom!!!
I Love You Dad!!!
Roxanne Lowe....

Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 1:56 AM


#12 from: Ken & Dawn Ridenbaugh
Polk City, Fl
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Sending our deepest sympathy to his entire family. No words can describe how his touched so many lives, great man that will be missed.

#13 from: Debbie & Larry Snyder
Suisun City
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 11:51 PM

Dear Mary and family,

We were so sorry to hear that Gary had passed away.  He and Mary were so good to my sister, Cindy, and brother, Gregg.  We didn't get to see him much because we live in California, but the few times we did get together with Gary & Mary, we enjoyed very much.  He truly was a very special person and will certainly be missed by many.  

Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to Mary and Gary's & Mary's families.  

Debbie & Larry Snyder

#14 from: Tomi Sue Mullaney Dillon
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 10:53 AM

So sorry for the loss of this friend he was a kind,& caring man     God bless

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#16 from: Fred and Helen Ahlborn
Marysville, Ohio
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Gary is already missed.  Our community was blessed with his presence.  He spread his goodness to everyone. Deepest sympathies to his family.
Fred and Helen Ahlborn

#17 from: Chris Reese
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 11:38 AM

My heart hurts today...judge McKinley was the judge when I was adopted in 1981.  Then years later, I had the speacial treat of him being the judge for when I adotped my son...my son was so happy...thank you judge mckinley for making memories to a lot of families...you will be missed sir

#18 from: Patrice ford
Delaware. Ohio
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Sorry for you Loss~Rest in Peace  Judge ,Good Man in my book !!

#19 from: Brenda Jackson Vollrath
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 1:15 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. You will be greatly missed Judge. You were a wonderful boss to me and were always easy to talk to. I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with you and see how passionate you were about your job and about helping our youth. Rest In Peace Judge.

#20 from: Juanita Neel
5928marion Marysville r d
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 8:04 PM

So sorry. I had a lot of respect for Garry.May God bless you all.

#21 from: Mike and Beckie McMahan Congrove
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Thinking of you all at your time of losss.  Mary, Rex, Eric and r
Leann haven't seen you for a long time(since Eric and our r
Daughter Stephanie Davisson were in school and 4H).r
Kindest thoughts and Regards,  Mike and Beckie

#22 from: DeeAnn DeBolt Payne
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 7:10 AM

condolences...I lived on w. Ottawa when his family did.           I remember his mother and Rex,he walked by my house.

#23 from: Elma Parish
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:58 AM

My sincere sympathy to the family in your loss of Judge Gary. Knew him many years ago.

Elma Tanner Parish

#24 from: Ink Monroe
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Gary's family so sorry for your loss I was in the class 1958 With Gary graduated from Richwood High School didn't see him often but when I did he always had that great smile and laugh. INK. JUDY MONROE

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