Ian Robert McKee, 27 years old, of Warren, PA, and Morgantown, WV, was killed in a gas well explosion and fire on Chevron gas well pad in Green County, PA, on February 11, 2014.
He was born in Sarasota FL on June 10, 1986, and is the son Denise Kennedy McKee, Warren, PA and Robert I. McKee, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
He attended Bucholz High School in Gainsville, FL, and graduated from Warren Area High School. He also attended the Erie Business School for accounting. Ian was very active in most sports, baseball, basketball, wrestling, football, he was a taekwondo champion and just an allaround natural athlete. He pitched for the Warren Dragons and Warren General's adult baseball teams, and would play in the Gas Macker basketball tournament annually. He loved golfing, shooting guns, water sports and anything with the outdoors. He also dearly loved his dogs.
He started his career in home construction as a framing and finish carpenter. Later he worked in the oil fields of New York and Pennsylvania on drilling and service rigs. At the time of death he was employed by Cameron International as a wellhead technician and well testing supervisor. He was much respected in both conventional and nonconventional oil and gas business. His employment took him to eastern and western oil fields and he was looking forward an overseas assignment.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Christopher A. McKee, Baton Rouge, LA, and a sister, Cierra D. McKee, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, as well as 3 halfsisters, Lea Talos of California, Coral and Providence Piper McKee and 2 step siblings, Tara and Devin Mulhare, of NJ. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Danielle Desposito, of Morgantown, WV, and their unborn son, who is expected in late June 2014. As well as both grandmothers and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ian was preceded in death by both grandfathers.
A celebration of life was held in Morgantown WV and memorial service in Wall, New Jersey.
Cameron International has set up a fund to help his girlfriend and son. Donations can be made to: Ian R. McKee Fund, PNC Bank Morgantown WV.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to a local Humane Society.