OBITUARY

Name:    Dale McKinley

From:  The Steuben Republican, Angola, Indiana
Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 1971

Continue Probe Into Gun Death

Branch County, Michigan authorities are continuing their investigation of the apparent murder of Dale McKinley, 40, of Route 2, Hillsdale, Michigan, who was found slain at 2:30 p.m. at his home.

According to authorities, McKinley was killed by a single rifle shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene by acting Branch County Coroner Robert Bucknell.

Branch County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday that no suspects had been arrested.

McKinley was a former Ray, Indiana, resident, and is survived by four sons, Dave, Don, Steve and Gary of Route 3, Ray; two daughters, Barbara and Linda McKinley, of Fremont; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milo McKinley, of Route 3, Ray; one brother, William, of Route 3, Ray; and two half-brothers, Robert and Vern of Bronson, Michigan.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Beams Funeral Home in Fremont with the Reverend Roger Schuck, pastor of the Ray Community Church, officiating.  Interment followed in California Cemetery, California Corners, Michigan.

From:  The Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, Michigan
Date:  Thursday, July 29, 1971

Shooting Ruled Justifiable

Coldwater, Mich. (AP) -- The shooting of a 41-year-old man by his 76-year-old father near Quincy last Saturday has been ruled justifiable homicide, according to Branch County Coroner Robert Bucknell.

A Coroner's jury of six women returned that ruling to District Court Judge James Carr after about 45 minutes of deliberation Wednesday.

The victim, Dale McKinley, had been drinking heavily when he visited his parents' home south of Quincy, witnesses said.  Milo McKinley testified that his son had struck him in the mouth with his own cane and threatened to kill him, according to Bucknell.

After Milo McKinley was hit by the cane, he ran into a bedroom and returned with a 22 caliber rifle, Bucknell said.  At this point, Dale McKinley threatened to kill his father and the father fired once, striking his son in the chest, Bucknell said.

"There was testimony that the McKinley's were afraid of their son and had asked him not to come to the home when he was drunk.  He had hit his dad a couple of times before this on different occasions," Bucknell said.

Dale McKinley had been divorced and lived near Hillsdale, according to Bucknell.