He was born April 20, 1921 in Midland, to Ralph Edward McKee and Velma Lenore (Fletcher) McKee.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen V. (Walters) McKee of Jasonville whom he married on September 2, 1947; daughter, Terrie Kay McKee and husband Bruce Crowe of St. Louis, MO; grandson, Lee Franklin and wife Janet McMullin of Cloverdale; great-grandchild, Cassie Marie McMullin of Cloverdale; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Geneieve Kafoure, Margaret Price, Ralph L. McKee, Cora Belle Krampe.
James was retired from the Allison (GM) Plant #5 in Indianapolis where he had worked as an electrician.
He was a member of Prospect Masonic Lodge F&AM and Garfield Park Baptist Church both of Indianapolis. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. James served in an Air Offensive in Japan: China: Luzon: Western Pacific Theater. He served as Chief B17 Bomb Squadron Mechanic and was also a Rifle Marksman. He was a member of American Legion Post #172 in Jasonville.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian Street in Jasonville with visitation scheduled from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
A Masonic Memorial Service is also scheduled for Wednesday prior to the funeral service at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.
Interment will be at the Lebanon Cemetery in Midland with military graveside rites.
At the family's request, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.