McKinley Lester McCarty


September 21, 1927 - June 10, 2008



McKinley Lester McCarty was born September 21, 1927 at Pinkstaff, IL to Herbert and Mildred (Cannon) McCarty. He grew up and attended country grade school at Flat Rock, IL. In 1945 he graduated from Lawrenceville High School in Lawrenceville, IL, where he participated in vocal music groups and track. He served in the US Navy, then attended college at Charleston, IL and completed business college at Danville, IL. On June 10, 1950 he married Carol Joan Kearney at Danville, IL.  He worked as a bookkeeper at a construction company then began his newspaper career in 1950 at Lawrenceville, IL He moved to Mitchell in 1952 and worked for the Daily Republic for thirty-seven years until his retirement in 1989.


Les was a member of the First United Methodist Church, life member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Mitchell Elks Club, charter member of the Mitchell Exchange Club and charter member of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee. He served many years on the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board and was an active member of the Mitchell Jaycees.


He is survived by his wife, Carol; two children, David (Patty) McCarty of Raleigh, NC and Dean (Julie) McCarty of Golden Valley, MN; five grandchildren: Kelly and Chris McCarty of Raleigh, NC, Laura and Tim McCarty of Sioux Falls, SD, Colin McCarty of Golden Valley, MN; a daughter-in-law, Debbi Christianson of Sioux Falls, SD; three sisters: Mary Ambadjes of Waterbury, CT, Reba Gable of Bridgeport, IL, Connie Hawley of Lawrenceville, IL and an aunt, Garnett Stoltz of St. Francisville, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Patrick in 1994, two brothers, William and Robert and one sister, Edith Dickson.  



To Be Announced


Tuesday, June 17, 2008
1:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
301 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Family Graveside Service
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 ~ 11:00 AM
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Beth & Dan Green on June 17, 2008
Our thoughts are with you this day, and in the days and weeks to come as you each adjust to life without Les. He certainly left a wonderful family behind! And we are grateful to be a part of that "extended" family. We have many happy memories of times
spent together, and we will remember Les fondly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from all the Greens.
Posted by Marilyn (Waters) Jurrens on June 16, 2008
I saw the obituary and remembered helping with Les and Carol's 25th Anniversary party so many, many years ago. I also remembered the McCarty's were very nice to me and I appreciate that. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May God Bless you.
Posted by Deb McCarty on June 14, 2008
Shortly after Pat's passing, Laura and I were sitting at the breakfast table and she said, "I think my Dad spends the day with me in a ray of sunshine". My wish for you is Les is spending the day with all of you.
Posted by Tim Coates on June 14, 2008
I always think of the McCarty family as being forward thinking and steady going. My perception has been those qualities are a result of Carol and Les' outlook on life. My life has been richer for knowing Les.
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