Sheldon (Mickey) N. McKee, Jr,

 

Sheldon (Mickey) N. McKee, Jr, the first born of six children to Sheldon, Jr. and Mabel Dorothy (Woolley) McKee, entered the world 
on a windy April 16, 1937 in Danbury, CT. He left this world 2 days after Easter April 3, 2018.
He attended Danbury schools, graduating from DHS in 1955, then West CT State in 1959. His first teaching position was in Voluntown, CT in Sept. 1959.
On Dec. 28th he married his love, Gloria M. Urban. After his second year in Voluntown, He then moved to the Newtown School System where he continued teaching for the next 33 years, including many happy years at Sandy Hook School. He was truly alive in the classroom.
From 1961 to 1968, he and Gloria had 5 children. He worked several additional jobs besides his teaching job so Gloria could stay home and take care of their family. 
His love of American History led to his many trips to Historic sites and participation in re-enactments honoring Revolutionary groups, then the establishment of the 17th Conn. Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War, to honor those from CT that fought in that war. Many years were spent target 
shooting with the Civil War groups. He belonged to Union 40 Masonic Order in Danbury.
He was a volunteer at the New England Air Museum at Windsor Locks for many years, working in the restoration area. He loved seeing these old planes come back to life and be put on display in the Museum. He filled his retirement years making miniature models of planes, ships, and tanks from scratch pieces of wood, wire, etc. of planes. His pride and joy were the models he did of the H.L. Hunley submarine from the Civil War and the Whitehead plane. He totally believed Mr. Whitehead's plane was prior the Wright Bros. That controversy is still in debate and probably will never be solved.

He and Gloria had 5 children between 1961-1968. He worked several additional jobs besides his teaching so Gloria could stay home to care of their family. He enjoyed trips Texas, as well as weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Once he got to Maine, he always wanted to get back and did a couple of times. Unfortunately, his last trip wasn't to be. He took a turn for the worse from all his illnesses and passed peacefully at home 13 days before his 81st birthday. Mick lived an awesomely full life doing many more things than are here recorded. 

On April 16, 2018, during a torrential rainstorm, Mick entered St Gregory's Church for his final Mass. He got his wish at last, getting back to real Church. 
Besides his wife, Gloria, of 58 years, he is survived by his son, Terrence (Deborah) McKee, daughter, Eileen (Richard) Kling, son, Edward (Victoria) McKee, and twin daughters Lorena (Jason) Layok, & Karen (Michael) Schulze. He also leaves 8 grandchildren - Brian (Elizabeth), Katrina, Ian McKee, Amanda and Nicholas Kling, Erin and Shannon McKee, Tayla J Huenerberg, his sisters, Gloria D. McKee, Kathleen (Joseph) Pierpaoli, Elizabeth McKee (OBrien) and brother, James McKee, several nieces and nephews, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances, who dearly miss him.
Besides his parents, Mick was predeceased by his brother, Thomas J. McKee. He was joined in 2020 by his nephew, Patrick J. O'Brien 
and in 2021 by his sister, Kathleen Pierpaoli