Arlene Lucille McKinley was born June 26, 1920, at Custer, South Dakota, the oldest child of Kerfred Beck and Flora (Mann) Beck. She grew up in Custer and graduated from Custer High School in 1939. She then went to Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa.
After graduating from there, she moved to Bradford, Pennsylvania, and helped in a church where her sister and husband pastored. After a period, she returned to South Dakota and attended Spearfish College and received her teaching degree. She taught in the Hills and then Faith, South Dakota.
In 1946, Arlene was united in marriage to Clarence McKinley and lived in Midland the rest of her life. To that union were born two sons, Dallas and Everette LaVay.
She taught accordion and guitar for years in Midland. Arlene loved traveling, her many varieties of birds, and gardening. She was a devoted mother, a great cook, and homemaker. Everything was always organized and each day had its list. If it was the day to deep clean a room, she didn’t go to bed until it was done. We will miss her very much.
Survivors include two sons Dallas McKinley and his wife Kaye of Midland, and Everette LaVay McKinley of Philip; five grandchildren, Matthew McKinley and Gabrielle McKinley, both of Rapid City, SD, Dallas "Terrill" and his wife, Sarah of Pierre, Autumn Mann and her husband Jeff, and Zachary McKinley and his wife Jessica all of Huron, SD; and two step-grandchildren Sarasue Fields and Crystal Scott; ten great grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Harry Crawford of Washington, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Clarence on February 3, 2012; a sister Dona Willard; and a brother Grant Beck.
Visitation was held one hour preceding the services on Monday.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, at the Open Bible Church in Midland.
Interment was at the Midland Cemetery.
10:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014
Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota
Pastor Andrew Blye
Pastor Jeff Mann
Kim Bierle - Pianist
“In the Garden”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
Shorty Woitte - Bob Evans
Seth McKinley - Ron Doud
Caleb McKinley - Paul TerMeer
Judah McKinley – Wylie Schwalm
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Midland, South Dakota