Obituary for Kenneth McKinney

Kenney McKinney passed away on Jan. 7, 2020, in Tucson at the age of 80. He was born in Kirksville, Missouri in 1939 and was raised by Denver KcKinney and Grace and Jay Haralson, with siblings Gene, and Mike McKinney. He grew up in Northern California and moved to Safford when he was 19. 

Kenney worked at the local gas station until joining the Safford Police Department as a patrolman in 1965. During this time, he was blessed with his three children, Keith, Kent, and Kyle McKinney. Kenney later became a sergeant, assistant police chief, and, in 1974, became a criminal investigator. Kenney served his community for nearly three decades. 

Kenney McKinney

After retiring from the police department, Kenney became a superintendent for Pierce Aviation, managing the firefighting aircraft contracts all over the country. Kenney later retired from Pierce in order to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Kenney is survived by his children, Keith McKinney, Kent McKinney, and Kyle McKinney; his brother, Gene McKinney, and six grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by Denver McKinney, Jay and Grace Haralson, and his brother, Mike McKinney.

The family has requested no services be held.  

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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