Irvin L. McKim

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November 30, 1943 – December 16, 2017

Irvin L. McKim, age 74, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and close friends, on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of 50 years, their two children, Brian McKim and Kylie Murphy, three grandsons, Drew and Liam McKim, and Hunter Murphy, and his brothers, Rodney Taylor and Joel Taylor.  He is predeceased by his parents, Katherine Taylor and Wilbur McKim of Worland, Wyoming; and his mother-in-law, Sunshine Clifford, of Sheridan, Wyoming. Irvin was born November 30, 1943, and raised in Worland, WY, and earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wyoming. He met Kay Clifford of Sheridan, WY, at the University of Wyoming, and they were married June 8, 1967, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sheridan. Irvin went on to receive a Masters in English Literature from Penn State University.  After graduating, he served two years in the Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Shortly after, Irvin and Kay settled in Westchester County, NY, continuing their teaching careers. Irvin was a devoted English teacher for over 30 years in the Hastings-on-Hudson Middle School in New York and was beloved by students and colleagues alike.  He was a passionate educator, who used his creative teaching methods to inspire generations of students. Each year, he challenged his students to become authors, whether creating their own personal children’s story or learning how to write and re-write their first essays. He was also a mentor to younger teachers, providing support, advice, and an open ear. Irvin was a poet, a playwright, and an author.  He wrote and produced the play, Shared Secrets, which was performed by the Hastings Middle School. He wrote volumes of poems; and in retirement, completed his first novel. He was a kind and gentle soul who cared for his fellow man, which was apparent in his daily life and shines through in his writing. Beyond writing, Irvin had numerous passions in life.  He adored spending time with his loved ones, traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Some of his best memories were his summer travels with Kay, Brian, Kylie, and Sunshine. In retirement, Irvin and Kay spend half the year in Sheridan, Wyoming, and enjoyed socializing in Sheridan’s many restaurants, talking walks in the Big Horns, and appreciating the cultural activities in Sheridan. He loved attending events at the WYO Theater, going to the rodeo each July and seeing the latest exhibits at The Brinton Museum. He was a music enthusiast who loved listening to his collection covering many generations and genres. He also loved going to Broadway shows in NY with Kay and his closest friends, attending hundreds of plays and musicals throughout the years. He also enjoyed strolling through art museums and galleries, in NY, Wyoming, and during all of their travels. Irvin cared deeply for animals, including the many Welsh Terriers he and Kay considered part of the family. Tobey was their most recent companion who they adopted from a shelter and was always by their side in retirement. Irvin loved spending time with his grandsons, and he would always find ways to make them smile and laugh. He enjoyed playing board games, cards, reading, or just talking with them. The teacher in him was always present, and he passed along his many interests and kind ways. A memorial service and visitation will be held at Flynn Memorial Home on Thursday, December 21, 2017 between 4pm to 8pm on 1652 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710. Tel: 914-963-5178. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Brinton Art Museum or the WYO Theater in Wyoming.  Details for both establishments are detailed below:

The Brinton Museum Attn: Barbara Shuster (307) 673-5933 239 Brinton Road P.O. Box 460 Big Horn, WY 82833

WYO Theater, Inc. Attn: Pam Overton (307) 672-9083 42 North Main Street PO Box 528 Sheridan WY 82801

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