John Burton McKinley Sr.

John Burton McKinley Sr., 73, died May 21, 2020, in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico.

He was born on Nov. 3, 1946 in Ketchikan.

He grew up and went to school in Ketchikan. After the age of 18, he traveled around the world.

“He was loved by everyone he met, no matter how small the encounter,” his family writes.

In 1975, Mr. McKinley worked as a truck driver on the Alaskan Pipeline in the Teamster Union. After that, John owned the Craig Inn bar, in Craig, for over 40 years.

After leaving Alaska, he spent his last 10 years in Mexico, “living life to the fullest,” his family writes.

 “He was never married, but found love in caring for his children and traveling,” his family writes. “No one could ever replace this amazing man, and all the opportunities, lessons, and love he gave us all.”

Mr. McKinley was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. McKinley and Mary C. McKinley; brother, James (Tick) D. McKinley; and daughter, Rachel R. Smith.

He is survived by sister, Jane Franklin; children, Robert L. McKinley, Ronald J. McKinley, Chanel M. McKinley,  Francis C. McKinley, Mary J. McKinley,  John B. McKinley Jr. and Katherine Seidemann: seven grandchildren; nephews; and many cousins.

Celebrations of life will be held at 3 p.m. on July 5, 2020, at the Craig Inn, and at 3 p.m. July 12, 2020 at North Tongass Community Hall.