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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.


Condolence Messages

  1. Tim Longlet

    21 July 2021 3 days ago

    Larry retired several years before I was hired on at the department but I’d heard many stories about him. About 5 years later I was transferred to Station 3 along with LT Steve Kissinger and FTO Mike Draves. Larry would OFTEN stop by station 3 and have a cup of coffee. Larry would share stories about his time on the department and it wouldn’t be long before all of us were laughing so hard we would have tears in our eyes. I LOVED those moments when he would stop by and share stories.

    I’m so very sorry I couldn’t come by to say goodbye to Larry and offer my condolences to his family but I am very happy and proud to have gotten to know Larry over the years and be able to call him friend…

  2. Jean Minkin

    20 July 2021 4 days ago

    Ruth and Larry have been wonderful friends, always caring. Larry will always be in our hearts. Miss those Florida good times together.

  3. Jerry and Margo Nielsen

    20 July 2021 4 days ago

    So sad to read about Larry’s passing. What a great guy he was, with a wonderful sense of humor. He could always bring a smile to our faces. Ruth, we have many fond memories of time spent with the two of you at the annual Fireman’s Ball, back many years ago now. Ruth and family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We’re sorry we can’t be there in person to extend our deepest sympathy.

  4. Dave Sanderson

    19 July 2021 5 days ago

    Even though I had only met Larry and Ruth a few times they graciously hosted me in their condo at Gulf Shores. There were a great couple and good people! May his memory bring bring peace to his family.

  5. Don Blasy

    18 July 2021 6 days ago

    Larry was a golfing buddie for several years, fellow Elk member, a positive thinker, a friend with a quick wit, and a good man

  6. Bernie Jozwiak

    16 July 2021 1 week ago

    It was such a pleasure working on the fire department with “my Friend” Larry. Over the years we shared many good times I’ll never forget. Not only did I have the opportunity to work with him but our families spent a lot of time together allowing our kids to become friends. The special times at the 702 for a beer or the bowling alley on our leagues. I’ll always cherish the special memories from years past.

  7. Michael J Vasicek

    16 July 2021 1 week ago

    Sending love to the McKay’s. Larry was an amazing man, and will be missed by many hearts!

  8. Dar woods

    16 July 2021 1 week ago

    My husband and I met Larry and Ruth often , They we such nice friends with my sister and here fireman husband Lill and Bert Lovely.. they spoke so highly of Larry and what a great man he was.to everyone. and them also Our prayers and thoughts go our to the family of Larry, we were so happy to have met them and more rest in peace and say Hi to Bert and Lill for us

  9. Jim Hall

    15 July 2021 1 week ago

    McKay Family,

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I worked with him for over 20 years and we had many good times at Union functions, softball games, bowling and at work.

    Jim & Norine Hall

  10. Audrey Pioch

    14 July 2021 1 week ago

    Larry will be remembered for his quick smile and willingness to help. A great guy.

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