Larry Lee McKay, 84, of Midland was born June 23,1937 in Unionville, Michigan and was surrounded by loved ones and passed peacefully to be with the lord on July 12, 2021. He was born to the late Ernest and Ruth (Kramer) McKay. He served his country honorably in the United Stated Army. He was a firefighter with the midland Fire Department for 26 years and retired as a Battalion Chief and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Larry was a devoted son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He enjoyed playing softball and was an avid golfer. His family and friends will lovingly remember his humor, helpful spirit, political awareness, Michigan sports teams and firefighting. Larry lived a beautiful and full life, marrying Ruth Snover on August 1, 1959, raising his three children, enjoying summers with his grandchildren, shuttling between New Jersey and Texas to see family for holidays or just because and winters spent in Florida.
One of his greatest contributions was always lending a helping hand to anyone that needed it. While working as a firefighter, Larry drove ambulances and delivered flowers. Larry always knew how to fix things and kept himself busy serving others. To say he was a man that loved others and was greatly loved himself is an understatement. Until we meet again, he is forever in our hearts.
Ruth McKay would like to thank her niece Shirley (Wayne) Gohl for her love and support as well as the many families and friends that came to see Larry, sent cards, prayers and well-wishes. These efforts made Larry feel loved and appreciated.
Larry is survived by his wife Ruth, children Leanne Serna-Williams, Kelli (Tarek) Imran, Jeff McKay, grandchildren, Justin (Stacy), Leslie (Bryan), Stephanie (Daniel), Ariel (aka Chip), Michaela (Thomas), Jerome, Landon, Harrison, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Lois McKay.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Pastor Ruth VanderSande of First United Methodist officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday, July 19th from 5 -7 pm and on Tuesday, July 20th from 10 am until the time of service. Military honors will be under the auspices of the United States Army and the Midland County Veterans.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Midland Fire Youth Foundation or First United Methodist Church.
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McKay family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.