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Obituary: Raymond McKinzie

Raymond McKinzie, March 30, 1930 – Feb. 26, 2017, age 86. He was born in Macksburg, Iowa, and graduated from Winterset High School in 1947.

After two years of college at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Ray later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School and a Masters of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He served on submarines, both conventional and nuclear, retiring from the Navy after 21 years of service with the rank of Commander.

He then worked at Lockheed Corporation in Sunnyvale, California, for 20 years. Following retirement, he spent two decades in Prescott before moving to Colorado in late 2013.

Ray was an accomplished musician and an active member of the Prescott Strings and the Prescott POPS Symphony.

Ray is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; daughters, Jeanne Chamberlain (Ken) of Portland, Oregon and Teresa Cox (Bernard) of Atlanta, Georgia; sons, Scott McKinzie (Kate) of Oakland, California and Mark McKinzie (Heather Lewis) of Rochester, New York. In addition Ray is survived by many stepchildren; grand children; great grandchildren; one sister, Norma Jean Slater of Adel, Iowa, and one brother, Kenneth McKinzie of Champaign, Illinois.

He was predeceased by his parents; one brother; and his first wife, Beverly.

A Memorial Service will be held April 30, at the Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he will be honored with a burial at sea. A memorial marker will be placed at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

For further information, please refer to Raymond’s Online Obituary at

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