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David McKell, MD

May 30, 2022


     David McKell M.D., 94, died on May 30, 2022 in the OSU Wexner Medical Center, following a brief illness.  He was born in New Jersey to William Scott and Estelle C. McKell on July 15, 1927.

     He is survived by children and their spouses:  Peggy (Gary) Seitz, Mary Lee (Terry Logan) McKell, David (Lisa) McKell, Sandy (Joe) Uhrig, and Carol (Rick) Peindl.

     Surviving grandchildren are Andrew (Laetitia) Seitz, Brian Seitz, Chris (Whitney) Worthy, Liz (Kurt) Hodlin, Amy McKell, Laura McKell, Melanie McKell, Emmalee (Chris) Wallace, Ben (Kirstie) McKell, Greg (Deana) Uhrig, Jeff (Cristy) Uhrig, Julie (Parker) Evensen, and Adam Peindl.

     He is also survived by great-grandchildren Olivia Seitz, Dylan Seitz, Lana Seitz, Brady Seitz, Avery Worthy, Theo Worthy, Wyatt Hodlin, Luke Hodlin, Isla Hodlin, Cyrus Logan, Kylee McGrath, Kameron Wallace, Zane McKell, Nash McKell, Madelyn Uhrig, Calvin Uhrig, Maverick Uhrig, Brody Uhrig, Keats Uhrig, and Mia Evensen.

     Also surviving are Kathy Gray and Curt Minney who love his children, brother Thomas McKell and many nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his parents and children Jim McKell, Bobby (Barbara who survives) McKell, and Jane Ellen McKell.  He was also predeceased by his wife of forty-seven years Faye Nell Polk McKell, former wife Beverly Baisch McKell, and siblings Robert McKell, Joseph McKell, and Helen Sproat.

     With the exception of time spent away at school and in the Navy, David lived his entire life in Chillicothe.  He was inducted into the Navy on July 15, 1945, his eighteenth birthday, and served a year on Guam as a Seaman Second Class.  His duties were in communications assisting in coordinating the return of troops at the end of the war.

He received his undergraduate degree at Miami University and his doctorate in medicine at The University of Cincinnati, graduating the same day as his mother received her Bachelor’s Degree.

      David was known in the community as a caring physician having worked in the medical office of McKell and MacCarter for decades.  He previously served as chief of Staff at the Chillicothe Hospital and also served on the Ross County Health Board from 1989 until his retirement in December 2021.           

     He was also known for his approximately fifty years of service as a member of the board of directors of Horizon Telcom Inc. and its predecessor Chillicothe Telephone Company.  Others know him through his lifelong support of the Boy Scouts and even more have known him for the work he dedicated to the Chillicothe Country Club.

     A lover of the outdoors and all creatures great and small he was happiest on his farm.  He loved identifying his trees and searching for gifts in the mountains. He created a rough golf course out of hills and cow pastures and spent his summers mowing and recreating the landscape. The last golf outing included forty-two players.

     Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, June 4, 2022 in the Frankfort Presbyterian Church, 52 W. Springfield Street Frankfort, Ohio, with Pastor James W. Grove officiating.  Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard.  Friends may call at the church in Frankfort one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday.   

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