Funeral services for Edward McKinley, 59 year old Buffalo resident who passed away at his home on January 27th, will be held Saturday, February 25th, at 2:00 p.m., from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor William Dunlap officiating. A private family interment will be held later. Donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the Campbell County Adult Treatment Court, in care of the Harness Funeral Home, at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Edward Earl McKinley was born on April 20, 1957, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Jerome and Sally McKinley. As a young child, he moved with his family to Sheridan, Wyoming, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Sheridan High School with the class of 1975. After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and later attended a trade school in Casper for Exxon/Mobile. After his schooling, he went to work for the Rawhide Coal Mine in Gillette where he was a mechanic for fifteen years. He was married in 1979, in Casper, to Carey Hartman and they made their home in Gillette. Following a divorce, in 1987, Ed moved to Orlando, Florida, where he owned and operated Chem Dry Cleaning. After several years in Florida, he moved back to Gillette where he worked for McKim’s Repair Service. He worked at various mechanic jobs in Gillette, and in September of 2016, he retired and moved to Buffalo where he lived until his death.
Ed loved spending time in the Big Horn Mountains, hunting, fishing, biking or just relaxing. He enjoyed cooking, reading and was an avid, good cribbage player. He loved spending time with his family, especially his nephews, Cody and Casey. He will be missed by all those who were blessed with his witty and proud personality.
He is survived by one son, Dylan McKinley, of Tuscon, AZ; one brother, Bill McKinley, and his wife Billie Jo, of Jefferson City, Missouri; one sister, Katie McKim, and her partner, Mark Eischeid, of Gillette; an aunt and uncle and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Jared McKinley.