Aaron Verl McKinney, 89, died Oct. 9, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born May 29, 1923, at rural Coldwater, the son of Fred J. and Huldah Craven McKinney. Verl's mother died when he was but a few days old. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Aaron and Amanda Harvey McKinney.

On Dec. 14, 1944, Verl married Arlene Worden. They had one son, Richard. Arlene died Nov. 24, 1972. He then married Betty Newsom in 1974.

Verl served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He taught for several years at Friends Haviland Academy. Subsequent to that he served as principal at schools in Ford, Haviland, Pawnee Rock, and Larned before retiring in 1988.

He is survived by wife Betty; son Richard McKinney; stepson John Newsom and wife Kathy; three brothers, Howard, Fred and Francis; and a sister, Doris Parker.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Haviland Cemetery, Haviland, with Pastor Francis McKinney officiating. Memorials to the donor's choice in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.