Surviving family members are daughters Jennifer Kier and Julie Widmer; mother Kay McKinster and late father Donald McKinster; brothers Jerry McKinster and Stan McKinster. He had five grandchildren: Morgan and Marissa Kier; Mikaria, Tyler, and Alina Widmer. Clay loved the Meeker area ever since he was a boy. He took many hunting trips to the Flat Tops. Clay moved to Denver about two years ago to be closer to his doctors and family, while struggling with Parkinson’s disease. However, his heart and his home was, and always will be, in Meeker. A memorial service will be held in Meeker on Tuesday, May 26 at Irwin baseball field at 6:30 pm. A memorial scholarship fund has been established through the Meeker School District. If you would like to make a contribution in Clay’s memory, please send your donation to the following: Clay McKinster Memorial Scholarship, c/o Meeker School District, P.O. Box 1089, 555 Garfield, Meeker, CO 81641.
Irene Lillian (Harpel) Vander Syde, 96, passed away Sept. 17, 2014. She was born March 2, 1918, in Sherburn, Minn., to the late Lawrence and Lillie Harpel.