William Robert McKenzie
July 26, 1950  -  November 10, 2018

William Robert McKenzie

Celebration of Life
Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, November 17, 2018
11:00 AM
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Cherryvale EMS
116 S. Neosho St
Cherryvale, KS  67335

116 S. 23rd
Independence, KS  67301

I served in the Marine.

On the Marine Corps 242nd birthday, Nov 10,2018, one of their own left us. His name is William R. "Bill" McKenzie. He was a good man with a good heart. He was one hell of a Marine, serving in the fabled 1st Battalion, 9th Marines,” The Walking Dead" in Viet Nam. He carried the scars of those experiences with honor, never forgetting his brothers, past and present.
He was 68 years old and died with his wife, Carla, at his side. He was born in Kearney NJ, July 26,1950 to William and Elizabeth McKenzie. He grew up in a loving extended family of grandparents, his mother, and brother, 28 cousins, numerous aunt and uncles and lifelong friends. He loved hunting in the Meadowlands, fishing, sliding the hills of Kearny in winter, fish and chips, and pork roll. He also began his lifelong love of motorcycles as a teenager in Kearny.
He joined the Marine Corp right out of high school, beginning his career at Paris Island, SC. He came full circle after traveling the world, ending his career of 11 years of service at Marine Corps Air Station, in Beaufort.
Leaving the Corp, he worked at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah GA in their avionics division. He then returned to his original love of motorcycles, mastering the repair of Harley Davidsons, but he
remained the "guru" of the older pre-computer chip Harleys. He continued to work locally until he retired due to health concerns.
Bill is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carla, his mother, Elizabeth Elsmore of Kearny, NJ,
his brother, Glenn McKenzie and wife, Judy, of Blairstown NJ.
He will be greatly missed by his extended family and friends, brothers in arms, biker brothers, and his beloved "boys" from Cherryvale EMS.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Cherryvale EMS, 116 S. Neosho St. Cherryvale, KS. 67335 or to AWOL Animal Rescue, 116 S 23rd St Independence KS 67301 or can be left with the funeral home. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00am. Online condolences may be left to the family by visiting www.pottsfuneralhome.com.


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  1. Roger Moreau 1/9 USMC
    Bunkie, LA

    I am sadden that I can not attend your services today. Our paths crossed in 1/9, 50 years ago and again at the 1/9 Reunion in Branson in 2006. You and Bill Bennett went out of y'all way to make me comfortable at my first 1/9 reunion. Semper Fi 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment Brother and Rest In Peace.

  2. Craig French
    Spokane Valley, WA

    Bill, you were a good friend and I have fond memories of you from so many years ago, and from the reunions later on when we met again. You'll always be a part of my good memories. Rest in peace, Semper Fidelis is forever.

  3. Robert Fowles

    Rest easy Marine.
    Bob Fowles, C/1/9

  4. Woody Postle
    dover, DE

    Mac, we've both lost some brothers together, but you old bastard, you is a kick in the teeth.The thing i remember most about you is the day we grabbed the MIA Marine out in the A Shau coming down the trail singing "jesus loves me, this i know because the bible tells me so". You rest easy Brother, we're all on the way, you're just on the work party getting thing ready. RIP

  5. Chuck Olson
    Aitkin, MN

    Till we meet again bro

  6. Glenn and Judy Mckenzie
    Blairstown n.j, KS

    Rest in peace bro. Till we meet again in a better place ! Love your brother ,Judy steven ,Melissa ,Matt Danielle, Tristan and Teagan. SEMPER FI. ❤️🇺🇸

  7. Eva Proudlock
    Seminole, FL

    Dear McKenzie family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for your family during this time. In symathy, Aunt Evie and family.

  8. Jan Kidd
    , KS

    RIP Bill. So sorry for your loss Carla.

  9. Jason Jaworski
    Fredericksburg, VA

    You were so many things to me, but you will always be Uncle Whiskey. The man who taught me to shoot, fish, and hunt. Who knew that we would be brothers in arms so many years later. Until Valhalla, Semper Fi!
    Love you and miss you
    Jason Jaworski

  10. Glenn and Judy Mckenzie
    Blairstown n.j, KS

    Rest in peace bro. Till we meet again in a better place ! Love your brother ,Judy steven ,Melissa ,Matt Danielle, Tristan and Teagan. SEMPER FI. ❤️🇺🇸

  11. Kathy & Sieggy Jaworski
    Toms River, NJ, KS

    Bill you were the best thing to come to our Family. Jill & Jason always will love you as their Uncle Whiskey. Kathy loved you as Billy. I will always love & remember you as my “Best Friend”. Our lives will never be the same without you. You will never be forgotten & Carla will always be a huge part of our Jaworski Family. Love you Bro. RIP my Friend. Simper Fei

  12. Bill Murphy
    Savnnah, GA

    So long, bro.

  13. Marsha Hartman
    Neodesha, KS

    You will be greatly missed..my thoughts and prayers to the family left behind....

  14. Laura Mears
    Independence, KS

    Love you Carla.... Bill you'll be greatly missed....

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