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I.A.M.A.W. Local Lodge 1487

50 West Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018

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  2. Subject: Al McKey, 70-year IAMAW 1487 veteran, 1918-2017; Memorial service Sat. Jan 28, 2017

    Dear friends at IAMAW Local 1487,

    I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that my wife’s (Barbara McKey Whitney’s) dad, Albert G. McKey—a 40+ year veteran employee of United, and 70-year veteran of the Local—recently passed away and that there is a memorial service for him, tomorrow, Sat. Jan. 28, 10am at the Christian Church of Arlington Heights, 333 West Thomas, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

    He passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 98.

    I am guessing there are not many members left who would remember Al, but thought that perhaps the organization would like to know that one of your own has passed.

    Al was very proud of the many years of service he gave to the company, and enjoyed following the company in the news. He started as a baggage handler, took a leave of absence in the Navy during WW II as an avionics technician, and returned to United as a mechanic and later avionics technician. As a private pilot myself, I had many fascinating conversations with him about the history of United, commercial aviation and aviation technology. I was looking forward to getting his views on the recent movie “Sully”, which I had given to him as a Christmas present.

    He was also active in the Retired United Airlines Employees Association and the retirees club of the IAMAW Local 1487.

    Here is a linke to a few photos I found in his files of awards and events in his work career at United:


    In particular, he was proud to have received his 70-year IAMAW veteran pin and certificate last fall (see photo.)

    Anyway, thanks for all you meant to him. Please share the info on his memorial as appropriate.


    Steve Whitney

    PS – Link expires in 30 days.

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