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  • Rev. Roger Jason McKay

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  • Roger McKay, 82, went home to be with his Lord Monday, June 10, 2013. He was born December 11, 1930 to Ross and Dorothy McKay in the Dutch East Indies where his father was employed by Shell Oil Company. At six weeks of age, due to the Depression, he returned with his family to Hacienda Heights, Calif. where his parents bought an 11-acre citrus orchard.
    He attended school for two years in a tent as a new school was being built. During the summers he worked at Sunkist Packing House. On his birthday, age 15, he broke his hip which resulted in a permanent limp. He was a Future Farmers of America member and raised and showed beef and swine. He received Christ as his Savior April 11, 1948, which would set the course of his life and calling. He graduated from Puente Union High School in 1948.
    He received an Associate of Arts degree in animal husbandry from Mt. San Antonio College in 1950. He joined the Air Force Reserves in 1951 and was immediately activated for the Korean War. He was given an Honorable Discharge due to his hip. From 1951 to 1954, he attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles which prepared him for the ministry.
    He married Mildred Green, a pastor's daughter, June 5, 1953. Their three children are Ron, Karen, and Don.
    In 1962, Roger and Millie moved their family to Williams, Ore., where they purchased a 225-acre cattle ranch. They attended the Williams Community Church where he served in many capacities, honing his ministry skills. In 1967, the Williams Community Church called Roger to become their pastor. The ranch sold the day the vote was taken and the family moved into the parsonage. Roger was ordained and served as their pastor for 35 years!
    During these years he was the chaplain and a firefighter with the Williams Fire Department from 1967-2002. He was member and president of the Southern Oregon Community Churches Fellowship, which sponsors a Bible Camp for kids each summer. He served on the board of World Mission's to Children and Wilderness Trails, Inc.
    In 2002, he moved to Ruch, Ore., and became the interim pastor for Ruch Community Bible Church for nine months while their pastor, his son Ron, was deployed as a chaplain with the National Guard. He continued as a Bible teacher until God called him home.
    Roger lovingly cared for his wife, Millie for eight years during her battle with Alzheimers disease.
    Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; and two grandsons. He is survived by his three children, Ron, Karen, and Don; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    There will be a private graveside service at Sparlin Cemetery in Williams, Ore. A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Ruch Community Bible Church, 190 Upper Applegate Rd., Jacksonville, OR 97530. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roger's name to the Williams Community Church.
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