Harry Aloysius McKenzie, Jr., age 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20th at the home he built in Maysville, W.V. Harry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dee McKenzie (nee Dolores Marie Freeze) and their faithful dog Millie.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 1942 to the late Harry A. McKenzie, Sr. and Nita (Taylor) McKenzie. Harry began his military service at Paris Island and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1967 as a Private First Class after serving for 6 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a mill wright by trade and enjoyed wood working, baking, westerns and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with his wife.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Past Master of the Pythagoras Lodge No. 123 AF&AM in Cockeysville, MD. Additionally he served as Past Patron of the Eastern Star Petersburg Chapter No. 146 and Past Patron of the Eastern Star Franklin Chapter No. 138.
In 2006, he proudly volunteered to help build Grant County’s first Habitat for Humanity Home. He was a member of the American Legion in Petersburg, W.V. and served his community for many years as the Democratic Ballot Commissioner for the Grant County Board of Elections.
Preceded in death by his sister Faye (McKenzie) Ritter and her husband Bob Ritter, and his sister-n-law Dolores (Dolly) McKenzie.
Harry is also survived by his brother Kip McKenzie of Baltimore, MD; his five children Harry A. McKenzie III and wife Tracy, Dawn M. Coffin (nee McKenzie), Joseph A. McKenzie and wife Leanne, Anna M. Marshall (McKenzie) and husband Ben, and Erik S. McKenzie, along with 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
At his request, his body has been gifted to the WVU Human Gift Registry. Memorial services to be held at later date