Francis Joseph McKenna (1928 - 2019)

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Requiem Mass
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Peter the Apostle Church
Mineola, TX
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Francis Joseph McKenna, Jr. (Frank, Mackey), 90, passed away on February 5, 2019. He was a longtime resident of Alba, Texas.

Frank was born February 9, 1928 in Tyler, Texas, to the late Mary Lillian (Godbold) and Francis Joseph McKenna, Sr. Frank attended Tyler schools all but his last semester, graduating from Marion Military Institute in Marion Alabama. After graduation in 1945, Frank enlisted in the US Navy, attended boot camp at Great Lakes Illinois and served on the USS Iowa until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Frank attended St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, graduated in 1950 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. In February 1951 he married the late Tomasene (Tomi) Burchfield McKenna. They immediately moved to El Paso, Texas, where he started his lifelong career working for the Department of Defense, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. After retiring in 1984, they built a house on Lake Fork in Alba, Texas. Frank and Tomi spent many happy days fishing and enjoying the sunsets.

Frank was a devoted member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Mineola, a long-time member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the USS Iowa Veterans Association.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Tomasene, son Charles Thomas, daughter, Mary Evelyn, his parents, and his brother, George.

Frank is survived by his wife, Ross Waldrop Krape McKenna, 6 children, two step children, 16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a sister and sister-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank's family and friends will remember his sense of humor, his sense of honor, his colorful and entertaining stories, and most of all, his strong spiritual faith.

Requiem Mass will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola, Texas, on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Private burial service will be at Cathedral of the Pines in Tyler, Texas at a later date.

The family thanks Father Lawrence L. Love and The Hospice of East Texas staff for their warm love and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, The Hospice of East Texas, or the .
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 6, 2019
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