Nov. 8, 1962 - Jan. 26, 2013
ELKHART — Christopher J. McKenna, 50, of Elkhart passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Niles Township, Mich. He was piloting an Ultra Lite single seat aircraft when it crashed in a wooded area east of Clark Street in Niles Township.
He was born Nov. 8, 1962, in Groton, Conn., to Lawrence and Sharon (Keller) McKenna.
On Sept. 19, 1981, in Osceola, he married Karen L. Noffsinger.
She survives along with two daughters, Charity (Manuel) Flores and Stephanie McKenna, both of Elkhart; and four grandchildren, Kayliegh, Kamden, Mason and Max. Also surviving are a brother, Patrick (Becky) McKenna of Goshen; a stepbrother, Michael (Barb) Ford of Elkhart; a stepsister, Michelle (John) Shabaker of Naperville, Ill.; and his stepmother, Sarah Jane McKenna of Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Timothy McKenna.
Chris was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church, a member and past Worshipful Master of Kane Masonic Lodge 181, F.& A.M., member of the Scottish RiteValley of South Bend, member of Starlight Chapter 183 O.E.S., a member of the Widow Sons of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, flying, camping, working on cars and helping people in need. Chris was the owner of Stewarts Auto Repair for nine years. He was employed as a maintenance man at Bennington Marine in Elkhart.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. A Masonic memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the funeral home. Pastor Michael Jenkins of New Salem United Methodist Church will preside and burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the Elkhart DAV will render military honors.
Memorial contributions may be given to Kane Masonic Lodge or New Salem United Methodist Church.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.wmzfh.com.