Donald Dale McKillip of Ripley, NY died unexpectedly on Jan. 18, 2013 at St. Vincent's Health Center in Erie, Pa.He was born in Westfield, NY on Dec. 27, 1947 to the late Merle W. and Edna (Bentley) McKillip. Donald was raised in Ripley and educated in the Ripley School System. He married Stella (Atkinson) McKillip in Westfield on April 8, 2000 and they resided at the family farm on Wattlesburg Road in Ripley.On Feb. 18, 1968, Donald joined the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant on July 1, 1990. He was an active member of the American Legion Post of Westfield, NY. Following his retirement, he worked for the DeMarco Trucking Company of Ripley as the Parts Manager. He also worked as a sales representative for Beckman Realty of Westfield.Besides his loving wife Stella, he is survived by two daughters, Rachel (Darin) Clark of London, England and Margaret (Ed) Fortner of Pepperall, MA; three sons, David McKillip of London, England, Matthew (Kimberly) Crye of Rome, NY and Dr. Mark (Jessica) Crye of Carnegie, PA; three granddaughters; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. He is further survived by two brothers, Marshall (Juanita) McKillip of Ripley, NY and Maurice McKillip of Westfield, NY. Donald's 11 a.m. funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 West Main Street, Ripley, NY, with the Rev. Jeffery Rotunda, pastor of the South Ripley Methodist Church, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service and may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 from 3-6 p.m. Interment will be held privately at the request of the family.
Donald D. McKillip