Bill "Chief" McKissick, passed away May 9, 2017, at his home in Meridian, ID at the age of 86. He was born in Bartlesville, OK, on December 5, 1930 to John and Lillian McKissick. After graduating from high school, he did what many young men of his generation did, and just after Christmas in 1950 he joined the United States Air Force to serve his country. It was while he was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base working as a crew chief on B-52 bombers that he met, fell in love with and married Marilee Felder. After a 30-day courtship, they eloped to Elko, NV on April 7, 1954 while on weekend leave. They celebrated 54 years of marriage. They had two children - Paula and Steven.
Chief was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1965 and began his civilian employment with the Boeing Company, eventually moving back to Nampa. Holding several long term jobs, Bill retired after working for 16 years with the Boise Board of Control Ada County Irrigation District in Kuna.
Chief and Marilee lived in Kuna as Paula's three children grew and they enjoyed having the grandkids over for slumber parties. Chief and Marilee loved spending summers by the lake, having purchased a plot of land in Donnelly in 1973 and maintained a summer home there. Eventually Chief retired and the pair toured the country in their RV, often hosting campgrounds before finally settling down in the peaceful, pine covered mountains of Oregon. They spent their days fishing for salmon on the Rogue River as well as deep sea fishing. In 2006, Chief and Marilee moved back to Idaho, where Marilee passed in peace in 2008 and "Great Grandpa" settled in Meridian to watch his great-grandchildren grow. He passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by three generations of loved ones.
He spent his time in the outdoors that he loved, had accepted Jesus and loved the Lord with all his heart. We will miss his big smile, easy laugh and gentle nature. He is survived by his brother, Jay and wife, Frances, of Bartlesville, OK; daughter, Paula and husband, Steve of Meridian; son, Steven and wife, Paula of Meridian; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Military honors will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation. Remembrances may be left for the family on Bill's webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com