Arthur Garnet “Mack” McKenzie, 91 of LeRoy, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 11, 2018.
Arthur Was born May 22, 1926, at his home in Big Rock, Michigan, to Orlie and Mae (King) McKenzie. He was one of nine children. His father was killed in an accident and later on his mother Mae, married Jack Marceau. Art attended school through the 6th grade.
When he turned 18 years of age he enlisted in the United States Army. He served during WWII from Sept of 1944 to June of 1947 with an Honorable Discharge. He was part of the 84th infantry, “Rail Splitters” while in Germany. He received many citations; Bronze Star, Sharp Shooters Badge, Infantry Combat Medal, American Theatre Medal and a Purple Heart.
He re-enlisted into the Air Force in March of 1949 serving during the Korean Conflict until November of 1952 with an Honorable discharge.
After his service in the military he met his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Heimer. They were united in marriage on March 7, 1953 in Flint Michigan. To this union 3 children were born, Jeffery, Cheryl and John. They later moved to Adams, MN and then to LeRoy, MN where he resided until his death.
He opened up his own Dry Cleaning Business in LeRoy which he ran for many years. He later worked at Sara Lee in New Hampton, IA, and IBM in Rochester where he retired. He also had various other jobs through the years.
Arthur enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, looking for agates, lapidary work, dancing, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oh yeah, he also enjoyed going to Diamond Joe’s Casino.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Le Roy and a member of American Legion Post 161 of Le Roy.
He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Will) Washington of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Kim) McKenzie of Le Roy, MN, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, his wife Dorothy and son Jeffrey.
Burial with military rites will be held 10A.M. Monday May 14, 2018 at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Le Roy, MN
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.