H. Fahy McKee, 94, a 79 year Wenatchee area resident, passed away Wednesday evening, September 5, 2012 at Central Washington Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born on April 12, 1918 in Wenatchee to the late Earl and Lola (Hurst) McKee. He was raised and educated in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1936. He milked cows in the early mornings and sold milk on the way to High School. He was the consummate musician, playing the Trombone in the High School Band. After graduation, Fahy worked at nailing “Shook” to make wood boxes for the fruit packing sheds. Fahy moved to Seattle in 1939 to work for the Boeing Aircraft Co, helping build flying boats and then B-17s at the beginning of WWII. Later during the war, Fahy drove trolley busses for Seattle City Transit.
Fahy married Carol Louise McCall, of Wenatchee, and together they had five children in Seattle during the 1940s. They were divorced in 1949. Fahy married Helen Louise Anderson of Wenatchee on September 1, 1950. They made their home, with the five children, in East Wenatchee until 1952 when they moved to Seattle, where Fahy delivered milk to residential customers. Moving back to Wenatchee in 1957, Fahy began a long career as Milkman delivering milk throughout most of the greater Wenatchee Valley. Except for a few short years, when he was a Life Insurance Agent, he was a Milkman who came to know most families throughout the area. Fahy retired in 1980.
After retirement, Fahy began many years of volunteer service in the Wenatchee Valley, including driving the senior’s bus for Colonial Vista. Fahy enjoyed people. There were no strangers to him. His passion was music. He loved to sing. Fahy also enjoyed traveling with Helen, exploring, being in the mountains, beach combing, and digging razor clams with Helen. And he loved his family and his church family. Fahy was a long-time member of the Church of Christ, most recently attending the Cashmere Church of Christ.
He is survived by three sons, Michael and Linda McKee, Wenatchee, Terence “Tery” and Anita McKee, East Wenatchee, and Kendall “Bruce” McKee, Port Townsend; one daughter, Nancy and Tony Austin, Riddle, OR, sister-in-law, Beverly Miller, Wenatchee, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Sharley Anderson, Wenatchee, 13 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, son, Brian “Baird” McKee, his parents, three brothers, Hurst, Galen, and Warder, sister, Letha Bunn, and an infant sister.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012, at 2:00 pm at King’s Orchard Church of Christ, 1610 Orchard Street, Wenatchee, with Steve Crews, Minister, Cashmere, officiating. You are invited to view his tribute and leave a message online by visiting www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.