Darwyn Eugene "Gene" McKinnis

Jul 16, 2021
McKinnis Gene


Per Gene’s request his body will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held.


May be directed to the family


Darwyn Eugene “Gene” McKinnis, 73,  died Friday, July 16, 2021 at his home in Waterloo.  

Gene was born in Berkeley, California on March 10, 1948 to Everett and Ruth Bluford McKinnis.   Gene graduated from Columbus High School, Waterloo, Iowa.  Upon high school graduation, he received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, and an Educational Specialist Degree from The University of Iowa.  After graduation from college, Gene began his work career as a teacher at the Iowa Training School for Boys, Eldora, IA.  He later transferred to the Iowa Department of Human Services and worked as a social worker in several communities until his retirement.   Gene married Susan Miller in 1976; they later divorced.  However, their marriage was blessed by the births of two sons. Brandon McKinnis and Aaron McKinnis.

Gene is survived by his sons, Brandon (Brittany) McKinnis and Aaron McKinnis; five grandchildren, Kevie McKinnis, Urijah McKinnis, Carter McKinnis, Kaia McKinnis and Kairo McKinnis all of Davenport, Iowa.  Gene is also survived by his brother, Keith (Michelle) McKinnis, of Davenport Iowa, a stepsister, Glennis (Kenneth) Wyatt, of Centennial, Colorado; two stepbrothers, Dennis (Paula) Anderson, of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and James Anderson, of Tampa, Florida; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Gene was predeceased by his parents, a half-brother, Kenneth McKinnis of Bronx, New York, a stepbrother, Carl Anderson, and a stepsister, Valerie Anderson.

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  1. Charlotte Gafeney | Aug 01, 2021

    CONDOLENCE     Psalm 46:1-3; God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.   

    To the family of Darwyn Eugene “Gene” McKinnis:  

    We, the Family of Gift of Life Church want to assure you that you will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We know the same God who has helped you with past trials, will be ever present during this one as well.

    May you find assurance in His word, strength in His presence and comfort in His love.  We will be praying for you, and trusting that God will be your portion and help, as well as comfort your entire family.  

    Yours in Christ,

    Bishop Brian E. Hill, Sr. Pastor Judeda Hill and the Gift of Life Family

  2. Rodney Green | Jul 29, 2021
    My condolence to the family of Eugene McGinnis.  
  3. Itan Cooke | Jul 26, 2021

    My deepest sympathy and love. 

    Itan and girls

  4. Columbus High School Alumni | Jul 23, 2021
    Our deepest sympathy to Gene's family and friends.

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