Art McKinney, 93, died February 22, 2019, at a local hospital. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
Charles Arthur McKinney was born in Hoopeston, Illinois. His attended the University of Chicago, where he was the starting catcher for the school’s baseball team, the “Maroons”. Art said his main claim to fame was hitting a home-run against the University’s nemesis, Notre Dame.
Art served in the Navy during World War II, serving as a Radioman in the Signal Corp. He was honorably discharged on May 9, 1946. After the war he moved to Bismarck and worked as the sports editor for the Bismarck Tribune. While living in Bismarck Art met his soul mate and future bride, Jan Waggoner.
Art and Jan moved to California to start a “new life”. Their plans abruptly changed in 1960, when William Guy, the newly-elected governor of North Dakota, called Art and asked him if he would be willing to serve as his Administrative Assistant.
Thus began a twenty-year career in which Art worked closely with both Governor William Guy and Governor Arthur Link. Art loved his work and excelled at it. He and Jan were very close to both Governors, as well as to their wives, Jean Guy and Grace Link, and to their children.
After retirement Art and Jan bought a place in the country and did a lot of travelling. Their greatest joy was spending countless summer hours on the Missouri River with dear friends and fellow “river rats”. Art often referred to these times as “the good old days”.
He is survived by a nephew, Steven McKinney, and nieces Leslie Brittain and Marlene Weiner.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Jan, whose passed away in 2017.
Special thanks to Dave and Marlene Sautner, Sandy Ferderer, and to the wonderful folks at Liberty Heights and Touchmark on Century. They did a lot to help Art after Jan’s passing.