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Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM (Mountain).

Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

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In memory of

LaVay McKinley

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Golden Living Center in Pierre at the age of 64

Everett LaVay McKinley, better known as “LaVay”, was born April 28, 1953, in Midland. He went to school in Midland where he played basketball and ran track. After high school he attended the Des Moines Bible School for four years. Then after graduation he pastored for several years in Custer, South Dakota. LaVay then sold insurance until he moved to the Cayman Islands.

There he was united in marriage to Susie Scott on April 3, 1991. He has two children: Gabrielle and Matthew.

Survivors include his wife Susie; his son Matthew McKinley of Pierre; his daughter Gabrielle McKinley of Midland; step-children Sarasue and Crystal; one grandson Jonah; his brother Dallas McKinley and his wife Kaye of Midland; and many nieces and nephews.

LaVay was preceded in death by his parents Clarence "C.E." and Arlene McKinley.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30, at the Open Bible Church in Midland.

Interment will be at the Midland Cemetery.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota

Dallas McKinley
Pastor Walter Switzer

Sarah McKinley - Vocalist
Special Music
“Before The Throne”
Congregational Hymns
“Nothing But The Blood”
“The Old Rugged Cross”

Aaron McKinley - Levi McKinley

Judah McKinley - Malachi Mann - Josef Opitz
Morris Daly - Kory Bierle - Wylie Schwalm

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

  • Just saw the sad news on internet. He was my best friend and the room-mate at Open Bible College, Des Moines. He was very helpful, giving me ride to work and shopping when I did not have a car. I came from India as a student. LaVay was my close friend. He also visited India with me. We also talked each other on phone few years ago. It was a great shock knowing that he passed away. May his Soul Rest in Peace until the great Day of Resurrection. ~ Thomas Chicago (8/14/2019)
  • I have known Lavay since high school, (better known as "Gov" back then). I enjoyed playing basketball with him in his backyard after school. His dad would drive the pickup while Lavay and I would shoot rabbits standing in the rear. That might have been the first drive-by shootings in Midland. In Bible College, I got a Thompson Chain Reference Bible from him with my name engraved on the cover in gold letters. I have enjoyed conversations with Lavay on many topics, but he would light up when talking about the Lord, especially Revelation. I pray the Lord will be near to his family, especially Gabriel and Matthew. I will echo my brother Jim's sentiments, Lavay was kind and generous. ~ Paul Striker Treynor, Iowa (5/3/2018)
  • So sorry to hear of LaVay's passing. I have many fond memories of being with him in our youth. I know he loved the Lord and is in Heaven now and at peace. We are praying for his family. ~ Dan and Mary Willard Ashland,Ohio (4/27/2018)
  • LaVay was a kind and generous man. We stayed at the Kadoka Inn and he would even make us special breakfast. His dear mother invited me in for hot chocolate when I was delivering the RC Journal in a snow storm! ~ James Striker Hastings MN (4/26/2018)
  • Am so sorry to learn of LaVays passing at such a young age. He"ll be missed so much by his family and friends. But hes where we are all striving for. My thoughts and prayers to his family. Connie Lee ~ Connie L Lee Midland, TX (4/26/2018)
  • I'm sorry for your loss. Certainly the death of one we dearly love is very saddening. I too have experienced such heart break over someone near and dear to me. Revelation 21:4 has provided comfort for me, where is says "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" ~ Nick Billings (4/25/2018)
  • My heart & prayers go out to the McKinley family. Knowing he is in our Father's arms and getting to be with those that have gone before him. Knowing that we will one day meet again. He has been set free & seeing his reward in Heaven. ~ Sandra Nantais Sioux Falls, SD (4/24/2018)
  • So sorry to hear of LaVay's passing. The Woitte family has many fun memories of playing with LaVay and Dallas as we grew up. I took piano lessons from his mother and was a younger classmate to LaVay. Our prayers and thoughts are with his immediate and extended family. He is resting in the arms of his LORD and Savior Jesus Christ now and no longer in pain. ~ Robin & Josef Opitz Midland, SD (4/24/2018)
  • Your family is in our prayers ~ pat & carla quinn Centennial CO (4/24/2018)
  • I am sorry for your loss. May LaVay rest in peace. God be with you all. ~ Barbara and Morris Jones Midland, SD (4/24/2018)