Robert E. McKinney

September 06, 1956 - February 01, 2020

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Friday, February 07, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel

Saturday, February 08, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Saturday, February 08, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Robert “Rob” McKinney, 63, of Wolcottville a K-9 Handler with the Indiana Search and Response Team (ISART), passed away unexpectedly at his home moments after arriving from training on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

He was born September 6, 1956, in Muncie to Robert C. and Rose Mary (Brown) McKinney. His parents preceded him in death.

He served in the US National Guard.

On October 26, 1982, in Las Vegas, Nevada, he married Louise S. “Lou” Preiss.

Mr. McKinney moved to this area in 1990, coming from Muncie.

He had worked as a security officer and dog handler at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and as a security officer at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino of Laughlin, Nevada, both in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was owner and operator of the Midwest Canine Training Center of Muncie, Indiana, from 1984 to 1988. Rob also worked at Dometic Corp. of LaGrange in the late 1980’s, and currently was owner and operator of Rob McKinney Janitorial Services from 1990 to the present.

Through community service, he coached flag football, baseball, and basketball for many years. Rob was also head of the Wolcott Mills basketball program for three years. For close to 16 years, he was a leader and superintendent for the Orange Township 4-H Club and the Noble County 4-H Poultry Club.

A valuable member of ISART for five years, Rob and his wife Lou, co-handled live-find K-9 Bodie. Rob obtained his NASAR SARTech II, and he and K-9 Bodie certified with the International Police Work Dog Association in both live-find and article/evidence recovery search.

His smile, his wonderful sense of humor and his constant banter with his teammates kept every training session entertaining. A straight-shooter, Rob was quick with support and to jump in to help. He was looking forward to starting a new puppy in the upcoming months to train as Bodie's successor.

In his spare time, Rob enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, pheasant hunting, and took his naps very seriously.

Surviving are his wife, Lou McKinney of Wolcottville; a daughter, Corie McKinney of Warsaw; and three sons, Josh (Lindsay) McKinney of Kendallville, Jacob McKinney of Fort Worth, Texas, and John McKinney of Indianapolis; and two granddaughters, Reece Nicole Bradley and Ellie Marie McKinney.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with Pastor Doug Keenan officiating. Burial will be in Orange Township Cemetery, Rome City.

Pallbearers are Josh McKinney, Jake McKinney, John McKinney, Mark Feller, Jason Fuhrman, and Bill Johnson.

Visitation is Friday, February 7, 2020, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to the Noble County 4-H Poultry Club or ISART.

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Thomas Miller
February 5th, 2020 11:44pm

Morag and I are sad about the news. It was so Kool to be able to walk away from the drugstore and know the next would be great. A positive influence in the lives of many. He will be missed. Tom and Morag Miller Topeka Pharmacy till 2018

Teresa L Wells
February 4th, 2020 1:07am

I will always remember Rob's kindness to my shy, quiet little girl playing basketball at Wolcott Mills. He made a point to include her and encourage her to be part of the team. And every player on that team was also patient and kind. Rob made sure of that. You are all in my prayers for comfort in the days ahead. We lost a good man.

Lois Mynhier ward
February 3rd, 2020 11:59pm
Sodus mi.49126

A good man gone to soon

Mervin and Becky Byler
February 3rd, 2020 11:03pm

Thinking of you all! Love and hugs!