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Gregory McKinley, 57

September 3, 2013

Gregory Wayne McKinley, 57, of Peru and a former Columbia City resident passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 30, 1955, in Winchester, he was the son of James Melvin and Vonne Ann (Hoover) McKinley.
He was raised in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1974.
He received a business degree from International Business College, Fort Wayne. Greg spent his adult lifetime in the Wabash and Peru areas, working for 36 years at Farm Cooperative System, as an Energy Products and Services Administrator.
He was also co owner of B & G Music, Peru. For many years he was a sports broadcaster for Peru High School sports programs. He was a member of First Church of God, Columbia City. He enjoyed providing D.J. music for weddings and events, all sporting events and coaching baseball and girls softball. He was an avid college and high school basketball fan and supporter.
Surviving relatives include his parents, James and Vonne McKinley of Columbia City; sisters, Andrea “Andy” (Matthew) Forrester of Madison; Marsha (Ron) Vermilion of Marion; nephews and nieces, who fondly referred to Greg as “Uncle Moose”; Andrew and Meghan Forrester of Madison and Lane, Chloe and Shaylee Vermilion of Marion; dearest friend, Dawn McDevitt of Columbia City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by all of his grandparents.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Friday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Samuels of Sonrise United Methodist Church officiating. The burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. McKinley’s memory to Peru High School Sports Programming. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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