HANOVERTON - Mervin "Mac" McKarns passed away early Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012 at his home. He was 96 and the oldest resident of Hanoverton. He was born on his family farm in East Township, south of Kensington, on Feb. 9, 1916. He was the son of Benjamin and Essie (Figley) McKarns.
Mac married Maxine Blythe on Nov. 30, 1939. She preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2009. They had been married for 69 years.
A resident of the area his entire life, he served in the Army from 1941-1942. He owned and operated numerous repair businesses, one of such being Baker-McKarns Chevrolet during the 1950s. In later years he owned McKarns Tractor, from which he retired at the age of 88. He was a village councilman for 32 consecutive years. He also was a member of Minerva Eagles, American Legion Lepine Rush Post and Hanoverton Presbyterian Church.
Mac built an airstrip on a farm he owned and frequently flew his own planes there. He also owned numerous Harley motorcycles, wreckers and rollbacks over the years. During the last eight years, Mac found great enjoyment on his John Deere tractor mowing his yard and surrounding neighbors. He was even so lucky to be on his mower this past Monday doing what he loved best.
Survivors include Mac's daughter, Becky (Dan) Kibler of Hanoverton; his three grandchildren, Tracy (Bill) McKenzie of Lisbon, Ben Kibler of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ashley Kibler (fiancee Zach Kennedy) of Salem; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Bryce and Bailey McKenzie.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mac's name to Hanoverton Presbyterian Church, PO Box 127, Hanoverton, Ohio 44423.
Calling hours will be observed Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Maple-Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington, Ohio. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 25 at Hanoverton Presbyterian Church with Pastor Tom Allmon officiating. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton.