Kenneth McKechnie, 83, of Amarillo, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Kenneth was born in Waggoner, Oklahoma to Beulah and Edgar McKechnie. At the age of 5, his family moved and settled in Amarillo. His long career as an Amarillo business man began in his early teenage years when he and his father built and opened McKechnie and Son, a Shamrock service station and garage. Kenneth was popular with car enthusiasts, both for his abilities as a mechanic, and for the hot rods he built. Over the years, McKechnie and Son evolved into a surplus, salvage, and hardware store which was frequented, and still fondly remembered, by locals. In 1977, Kenneth and his long-time friend, James Gray, partnered to form a trailer storage company, a concept that was way ahead of its time. Kenneth was still actively running the storage business at the time of his death. Kenneth had a very strong work ethic, and considered it a joy to go to work every
day. His family has grown up working by his side, and will continue to operate his business.
Affectionately known as “Grandpa Chickie” by all his dogs, Kenneth would cook chicken and other fresh meats, so his dogs had only the best food to eat. He loved all dogs, and they loved him. His special “Little Girl”, Lil
y, stayed by his side to the very end.
As much as Kenneth loved to work, his favorite getaway was the occasional gambling trip to Las Vegas. He had several dear friends who shared this passion with him.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Opal; his oldest daughter, Karen George and her husband Tom, a very special son-in-law; his youngest daughter, Robin Moran, who has worked by his side for 35 years; his beloved grandchildren, Hunter George and wife Jeannie, Tanner George, Chloé Moran, McKay and Derek Porterfield, and Kenneth’s first great-grandchild, Hazel Mae Porterfield; his sister, Nancy Isgrigs, and her children, Pam Buffington and husband Gary, Mike Isgrigs and wife, Rhoda, and Dr. Cindy Hutson and husband, Pat.
Kenneth and his family enjoyed a celebration of his life on February 3, 2013. He is deeply loved and will be missed by all.