robert bruce (bob) MCkinley

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Robert Bruce (Bob) McKinley, 97, of Siler City died peacefully on May 2, 2022 at his home.

Born April 9, 1925, in College Springs, Iowa, he was one of six children of Ira L. and Mary G. McKinley. Bob was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a 1946 graduate of Northwestern University, where he played on the football team. His career included executive positions at Sears Roebuck & Co. in Chicago and New York City, followed by Kellwood Company in Siler City and the Hosiery Corporation of America in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

He was a farmer at heart, loving working on his farm as well as playing golf and family gatherings, especially in Pinehurst. He attended The Masters 50 years in a row.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy J. McKinley, his parents, his granddaughter, Robin Kate Perry, brothers Harold and Joe McKinley and sisters Margaret Carter and Martha McCleary.

Survivors include his wife Barbara, daughters, Robin J. Perry and husband Rick of Salisbury, N.C., and Cynthia A. Dameron and husband Ron of Siler City; five grandchildren, Russell (Elizabeth) Perry of Littleton, Colorado, Raegan P. (Corey) Anderson of Rock Hill, S.C., Raelynn K. Perry of Charlotte, N.C., Jennifer J. (Tyler) Bridges of Siler City and Ali Dameron of High Point, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Rylee, Rhett and Ranger Perry, Benton, Baylor and Bear Anderson; and Carter and Lawson Bridges. He is also survived by his brother, Donald P. McKinley of Quincy, Illinois; and 18 nieces and nephews.

Bob was a former member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Siler City Rotary Club, the Chatham Education Foundation and the Chatham Housing Authority.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Chatham Memorial Park followed by a Celebration of Life at the First Methodist Church of Siler City at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Chatham Charter School - Athletic Boosters, 2200 Hamp Stone Rd., Siler City, N.C. 27344,; PowerCross, 314 North Ellis St., Salisbury, N.C. 28144 or the charity of one’s choice.