Chester Wilbur McKay, 94, died June 30, 2018, at his home in Harmony. He had been in failing health the last month. Chester was born on October 18, 1923, in Amherst Township to Harry and Hilda (Peterson) McKay, the oldest of seven children.
He attended O’Hara Country School and graduated from Harmony High School in 1942. He went on to work at the Lanesboro Sales Barn and several other jobs while farming the Family Century Farm. He lived his entire life on the farm until moving to the Harmony Manor in September of 2010. In later years he enjoyed the older tractors, anything from pulling to racing to being in a parade. He also enjoyed being out on the farm or riding his four wheeler around the countryside. he could spend hours talking to friends and helping anyone out.
Chester is survived by his twin sisters, Marilyn Ludens of Harmony and Marjorie (Adrian) Johnson of Silver Bay, Minn. He is also survived by 11 nieces and two nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Hilda McKay and sisters Phyllis, Frances, Donna and Harriet; all four brothers-in-law including Marilyn’s husband Louie Ludens. Chester was a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church.
His memorial service will be held at the Richland Prairie/Scotland Church on Sunday, July 22 for family, relatives and close friends at 10 a.m. after the regular church service with Rev. Margaret Jumonville. Interment will be in the Scotland Cemetery at a later date.