Wayne A. ”Mac” McKune

02/19/1919 — 11/21/2006

From Portland, OR, US | Born in Diagonal, Iowa

Wayne A. ”Mac” McKune

Wayne ''Mac'' McKune, 87, passed away November 21, 2006 in Portland, Oregon, where he resided the past year.

He was born on February 19, 1919, at Diagonal, Iowa. His parents were William McKune and Edith Stahl.

When he was ten years old, his family homesteaded near Gillette, Wyoming. As a young man, he worked as a cowboy on several ranches. He married Melba Miller on June 5, 1939, in Rapid City, SD. She predeceased him on August 14, 1994.

Wayne and Melba moved to Spokane in 1942. During WWII, Wayne served in the Navy in Brisbane, Australia, as a motor machinist mate. They came to the Tri-Cities in 1948 where Mac worked as a heavy equipment operator on construction and as an overhead crane operator at the Purex Plant at Hanford until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the Benton City Masonic Lodge for over forty years.

Wayne is survived by two daughters, Maxine Hoffman of Beaverton, OR, and Kristie McKune of Richland; two sons-in-law Eric Hoffman and Thomas Edwards; two grandchildren Sonja Hemelrijk of Fremont, CA, and Brian Hoffman of Holly Springs, NC; and a great-grandson, Patrick Hoffman.

His family requests that memorial contributions be made to American Parkinson's Disease, 60 Bay Street Ste. 401, Staten Island, NY 10301.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Einan’s Funeral Home, Richland. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday the 28th, also at Einan’s.

Guestbook for

Wayne A. ”Mac” McKune

Your email address will not be published.

PUBLIC ENTRY

Your guestbook entry will be visible to the public.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Memories of your dad will always be with me. We moved next door to “Mr. & Mrs. McKune” when I was 5 and lived there until after my dad died in 1980. Even though I was probably a real pain, he put up with my endless rambling. He listened intently with a big grin, as I recited my newly memorized version of “Three Little Pigs” over and over again. He let me follow him around his backyard as he checked on his wonderful veg. garden & fruit trees. He didn’t complain when my brothers or I would trample Melba’s prize geranium’s while retrieving a ball. I doubt your mom was too pleased either, but she never said an unkind word to us either. Mac always had a smile on his face and a kind heart for a little pesky kid! Thanks for sharing your father with me.

    Laura Turner

    Laura Turner Zilar
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Memories of your dad will always be with me. We moved next door to “Mr. & Mrs. McKune” when I was 5 and lived there until after my dad died in 1980. Even though I was probably a real pain, he put up with my endless rambling. He listened intently with a big grin, as I recited my newly memorized version of “Three Little Pigs” over and over again. He let me follow him around his backyard as he checked on his wonderful veg. garden & fruit trees. He didn’t complain when my brothers or I would trample Melba’s prize geranium’s while retrieving a ball. I doubt your mom was too pleased either, but she never said an unkind word to us either. Mac always had a smile on his face and a kind heart for a little pesky kid! Thanks for sharing your father with me.

    Laura Turner

    Laura Turner Zilar
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Maxine – Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Gary & Janis Behymer

    Gary Behymer
    November 4, 2014
    Colfax, WA, US
  • sg obit popup 610x366 - Wayne A. ''Mac'' McKune

    Join Us As We Say Goodbye

    Get our latest obituaries delivered right to your inbox. Don't worry, we never send spam or junk.

    You have Successfully Subscribed!