Joseph Earl McKee, 85 of Lincoln, passed away July 22, 2017. He was born July 16, 1932, in Franklin, NE to Melville and Helen (Martin) McKee. He grew up in Franklin and attended Wesleyan University, where he met his wife of 65 years Dorothy (Converse). Joe served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in the Marshall Islands. Upon discharge in 1955 he started his 58 year home building career with McKee and Williams later known as McKee Construction. Joe is survived by, Dorothy (wife 65 years), son Mike (wife Carol); daughter Lisa McKee Tirko all of Lincoln; grandchildren Brian (wife Brittany), Lancaster, PA. Adam (wife Kendra) & Cory McKee, Lincoln, NE, Natasha (husband Vince) Agresto, State College, PA, Jessica (husband Josh) Duerr (South Korea), Brothers Eslie (Mac) McKee, Robert McKee both of California, Roland McKee of Colorado, Sisters Phyllis Frerichs and Irma Neptune of Lincoln, Beverly Harper of Omaha and Lois Kinnan of Gibbon. Joe was preceded in by his parents and son, Gregory.
Funeral Services will be August 2, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, 2723 North 50th Street, at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, 6700 South 14th Street at 2:00 pm, family and friends will meet at Gate #2 prior to services. Condolences may be left at trumpmemorials.com. Trump Funeral Services, 1600 West “O” Street, Lincoln are handling the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to 1625 Skyline Drive, Lincoln, NE 68506 in care of Homebuilders Association Charity Donations, Santa Cops and Scholarships
Joe’s construction business began as a framer “working for the other guy”. Very quickly he began his career as a home builder starting by buying, refurbishing and flipping residential housing and other buildings. Notably Joe framed out the very first McDonald’s fast food franchise in Lincoln. His son, Mike, has estimated that his Dad built over 2,500 homes during his active career. Joe was Lincoln’s Homebuilders Association President in 1973, then State President, and became a life-time national director. On January 9, 2014 the mayor proclaimed a Joe McKee Day honoring Joe’s lifetime achievements in Unified Construction Council. Joe was also very active in civic outreach beginning with his daughter Lisa’s swim teams and his son’s baseball teams. He continued this involvement corporately sponsoring various youth baseball and swim teams. Regrettably Greg’s life was cut short. Had he lived, there is no doubt that he would have had a career in sports broadcasting.