He was united in marriage to Cleta Catherine Goforth June 21, 1958 at Stultz, MO. To this union, two children were born.
He spent most of his early years in the Tyrone community where he attended Tyrone and Big Creek schools. After his marriage, Walter and Cleta purchased a farm near Tyrone, MO where he farmed and also worked at Mid-America Dairy, at Cabool, MO. On May 21, 2000, he retired after 30 years of service. Shortly before his retirement, they sold the farm and moved to Houston, MO.
He is survived by his wife Cleta of Houston, MO; one daughter, Barbara Head, Houston, MO; one son, Harold Lee McKinney, Houston, MO; one brother, Herbert Keith McKinney, Jennings, MO; five sisters, Dorothy Henry; Glen Carbon, IL; Jewell McKinney, Saint Ann, MO; Wilma Douglas, Cumberland, IA; Gladys Garrett, Success, MO; Carol Terrill, Ft. Worth, TX; two grandsons; three step grandchildren; two great grandsons and three step great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Bertha McKinney; two brothers, Jackie Howard McKinney and Kenneth Roy McKinney; and one sister, Betty Goodman.
Funeral services were held March 20, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Burial: Ozark Cemetery, Houston, MO.