Jack William McKee, Jr.


Jack William McKee, Jr.


Jack William McKee, Jr.

Jack William McKee, Jr. passed away at home on November 3, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends and family will remember Jack for his quick laugh, his generous spirit, and his kindness toward those he loved.

Born in 1946 to Jack and Margaret McKee, Jack spent most of his life in Billings. He attended Broadwater Elementary school, Billings Senior High School and the University of Montana, where he graduated with a master’s degree in history. Jack was a natural entrepreneur from a young age, and owned several small businesses in Billings, and throughout Montana, over the course of his career.

Jack knew how to enjoy life, and was an avid traveler, reader, and cook. He loved being outdoors and the backpack trips he used to take with the Everson’s.  Some of his fondest memories were taking Mark and Brett camping and fishing in Colorado, and weekend trips to Silvergate and Cooke City with Jessica. Until the end of his life, Jack took pains to care for the people who loved him. He was a loyal husband and a devoted son, father, brother, and friend to the people he loved.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sheryl McKee, his mother, Margaret McKee, sisters Kathy Rotert (Larry) and Sheila Lillis (Don), his three children, Mark McKee (Darcy), Brett McKee (Staci), and Jessica McKee (David), his seven grandchildren, Amanda, Reese, Katelyn, Amira, Clara, Mickey, and Mack, and his beloved dog, Scoobey.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 10:30am at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Billings.

Memorials may be shared with BARK Animal Shelter.

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6 thoughts on “Jack William McKee, Jr.”

  1. Jack was a very sweet man, a great husband and father. Whether he was out walking Scoobey with Sheryl, traveing, or just at home he was a fun, kind and adventurous guy. I admired him very much. Whenever I was around to visit Sheryl he was incredibly kind to me.

    For those of you who had to say goodbye to a husband, father, brother, or friend…I am so very sorry for your loss.The world is a darker place for his absense.

  2. I am so sad to hear this. I worked part time for Jack at Compass Exploration in the 80’s and he was instrumental in helping me land a job at CENEX. I always appreciated his humor and kindness to others.

  3. I am writing to express my condolences to Jack’s family and share a story you might not know.

    I first met Jack when a group of Billings Petroleum Club members decided to “rescue” the Club from closing in 2003. Most of the previous board resigned and Jack joined in forming a new board to hire new staff and manage the Club. This effort attracted a diverse group! Jack’s experience in the restaurant business was a valuable part of the effort and he was a lot of fun to work with. Always cheerful and ready to take on the next challenge – and there were many!

    I have great memories of this time when “strangers” came together for a cause that meant something to us all. Getting to know Jack was a great part of that experience and sixteen years later, thanks to the following effort of many, I am pleased to see Billings still has a Petroleum Club. It was fun working with Jack and I treasure these memories!

  4. Doris Baldry (Lindsey)

    Dear Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and that we have lost touch with one another. You will all be in my prayers. Doris

  5. Dearest McKee family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.

    So sad to hear of the passing of Jack. Most of our vivid memories come from childhood. Being that Jack was older than most of us, he was easy to admire, wanting to emulate, and tease. He was always very engaging.

    Later in life, on occasion we would run into Jack, at one of his restaurants. Even as an owner, Jack was easily approachable, warm and attentive, and always asked about our parents well-being.

    Jack Will be deeply missed. Our most sincere prayers and thoughts go out to each and one of you.

    In peace,
    Diane, Naseer, and Jhazmin Ahmed-Olson
    Yokohama, Japan

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