Steven McCray

Steven Lyle McCray

Sunday, June 22nd, 1958 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Funeral Services for Steven McCray, age 61, of O’Neill will be 2:00 pm Thursday, June 18, 2020 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fullerton. Burial will take place at a later date in Fullerton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill and one hour prior to the service at the church in Fullerton. Steven passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his home in O’Neill. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Lyle McCray was born on June 22, 1958 in Fullerton, Nebraska to Melvin and Evelyn (Roark) McCray. As a teenager, Steven loved to fly planes and was at one point the youngest licensed pilot in Nebraska, at the age of 16. He graduated from Fullerton High School in 1976.

Steven enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Feb 27, 1979. He honorably served for 26 years, including for a time on the Vice President’s flight detail. After Steven was discharged from the military, he moved to Kansas City and began working for the Union Pacific Railroad as an Engineer. He retired due to health reasons in 2019.

Steven enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and especially enjoyed boating and having a cold beverage.

Steven is survived by three daughters, Stevie Kurtz of O’Neill, Jordan (Chris) Holmes of Lincoln, Rachel (Nick) Assini of Redland, California; one son, Ryan Flanary of Denver; five grandchildren, Jaxsen Pofahl, Rory Kurtz, River Holmes, River and Ridge Assini; his father, Melvin McCray of Fullerton; one sister, Dixie (Jerry) Zoucha of Hastings; two nieces and one nephew.

Steven was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Troshynski in 2000.
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Evelyn Shedd

Posted at 07:28pm
To the McCray Family,

Steve worked for me at Norton AFB Ca in the 14 MAS Flight Engineer Section. I thoroughly enjoyed Steves's professionalism as a flight engineer, his can do attitude and fun loving ways. Steve always had a big smile, ready to get any task done. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched, especially his former crewmembers. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.

Lew Shedd

Lew & Evelyn Shedd

Posted at 06:43pm
Steve, you have left us way too soon. Somewhere in Aviators Heaven, there's a Green Bench. Save us a seat, we'll all be there eventually, RIP
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Richard Greer

Posted at 03:00pm
I just learned of, and saddened by, my cousin Steven's passing two days ago. Most of my memories of Steve was from our childhood. He is about 5 years younger than me - roughly the age of my youngest brother. As is the case with most geographically dispersed families such as we Fern/Neil McCray descendants we interacted mostly at large family gatherings. And then as adults we spread to the four winds and didn't really interact all that much. I remember Steve as being a mostly quiet, skinny, generally happy, adventurous young fella who was always ready for action games such as tag, hide and seek in the "forest" on Grandma/Grandpa's farm, exploring the feed corn bins, and antagonizing a sow by picking up her piglets to hear them "sqeee". (That was always good for a great laugh! Well, always good if you could stay away from the sow). Then came years when we transitioned from teens to young adults. At one of the Christmas gatherings during those years I'd learned of his employment at a place that manufactured trailers in Central City (I think). A couple years beyond that I'd learned of his joining the Air Force. That was pretty much the last that I'd seen or heard of him until we met at Aunt Shirley Cunningham's funeral. He was much taller than I remembered him being as a youth and spoke with more confidence and purpose. We caught up a little regarding our separate life journey's. It was good to reconnect. I was impressed with the man that he had become. It would have been nice to have done it sooner and under happier circumstances. Rest in Peace, Steven.

Richard (aka Rick) Greer

Posted at 02:13pm
You have my sincere sympathy. Cousin Steven was a good man; and he passed way too young.
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