The Rev. Kenneth “Brian” McKee, 56, of McConnelsville, passed away on September 18, 2019. McKee was born at about 7 p.m. August 9, 1963. Earlier that day, his parents had a real estate closing on their house in the Miller Addition to upper Malta, where McKee grew up. He was the son of Kenneth J. McKee, and Barbara Faye Nichols McKee Chappelear. In addition, he had a kind stepfather, Ronald L. Chappelear. His grandparents were William Doyle McKee and Zola Emma Teters McKee, and John Leslie Nichols and Gladys Bertene Armstrong Nichols. McKee was very close to his “Grandma McKee.” McKee was a 1985 graduate of Ohio University with a BSED. McKee also studied at Hollywood Anglican Seminary and St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Seminary. McKee’s main desire in life was to serve the church of the God he loved, and thanked, for the blessings in his life. McKee was ordained by the Right Rev. John A. Bell, Bishop, as an Anglican clergyman; first as a Deacon on September 2, 2017, and then as a Priest on March 17, 2018. He began the St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Church, meeting for services in Trinity United Methodist Church and his home. McKee delivered Franciscan Meals on Wheels to shut-ins for 11 years, and volunteered at Highland Oaks Health Care Center, playing the piano and singing hymns with the residents, for 12 years. McKee taught in the Morgan Local Schools from 1985 until 2000. He loved history. He was a life member of the Morgan County Historical Society, and served as both president and a trustee. McKee honored his ancestor, Moses Mingus, a soldier in the American Revolution, by joining the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R.). He served as president of the Rufus Putnam Chapter, S.A.R. In Zanesville, for 12 years. McKee was also a member of the Armstrong Clan Association. McKee began organ lessons at 9 years of age. He played in church for the first time at 10 years of age. Throughout his life, he served as organist as he was needed in various churches. He had a long tenure as organist of St. James Catholic Church and Trinity United Methodist Church. He played for 2 or 3 churches each weekend for many years, as well as dozens of weddings and funerals over the years. McKee was a member of the Thursday Music Club In Zanesville, and served as both Vice President and president. For many years, he enjoyed singing tenor in the choir for the annual concert of Handel’s MESSIAH. McKee had a lifelong love of Arabian horses. He owned Arabians for most of his life. His stallion DA TRIPOLLI+// won 13 national show titles in English and Fine Harness. He also exported a daughter of DA TRIPOLLI+// to a buyer in Saudi Arabia. McKee will be cremated. A memorial Holy Communion service will be conducted by The Right Rev. John A. Bell, Bishop, on Friday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 98 N. 10th Street, McConnelsville. Miller-Huck Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
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