Louis F. McKinley was born August 23, 1936, near Alma, Michigan to Henry and Hazel McKinley. He was one of eleven children. As a young man, Louis enlisted in the Army to serve his country during the Korean War. After the war, he lived in the Saginaw and Bay City area and worked in construction and landscaping. At the end of his life, he moved to Ithaca and lived his last years with his sister, Julia Tinson. Louis died July 18, 2009, and he is buried in the Ithaca City Cemetery. Louis F. McKinley is one of many Gratiot County men and women who served their county, state, and country during a time of war.