Harold (Mac) McKittrick, age 80, of Rochester, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
He was born Aug. 30, 1930, to Raymond and Eileen McKittrick in the small town of Selby, SD. There he lived for five years. but the Depression forced his family to move several times, including Groton. Andover, and Langford, SD, where he graduated.
During this time, Mac was joined by seven sisters: Joanne (Heckel), Kay (Slama), Patsy (Hill), Nancy (Granica), Rae Ann (Marpe), Carol (Witter), and Sharon (Burchem).
After graduation, Mac joined the US Navy at the age of 18 and served for four years during the Korean War, then returned to Minnesota where his parents had moved.
In 1956, he married Dorene Watts from Crandall, SD, and lived briefly in White Bear Lake, then moved to Watertown, where Mac purchased a bowling alley. During this time, they raised five children; Dawna (Caitlin-McKittrick), Daniel, Amanda (Quaas), Andrew, and Matthew.
In 1974, Mac moved the business to Hollywood Township and built Hollywood Sports Complex, which is still in operation today.
After selling the business in 1978, he had a successful career in real estate.
After 34 years of marriage Dorene lost her long battle with cancer.
In 1991, Mac married Eileen Widdifield of Oregon, and they resided in northern Minnesota, operating a real estate business until they retired in 2001. His family grew with Eileen’s two sons, Larry and David, and their families
As a promise to Eileen, they made the move to her home state of Oregon, where they resided until 2010, when Eileen suddenly passed away. At the request of his children, Mac moved back to Rochester, MN and resided there until his death.
Mac will always be loved by his sisters as the big brother, their hero. His children are forever thankful for his love and dedication for their mother Dorene during her 10-year battle with cancer.
Mac enjoyed family and friends, Twins baseball. card games, sailing, and teaching kids to bowl.
He had strong faith and was involved in all facets of his church. Mac invites everyone to join him in God’s Kingdom.
He is survived by six sisters; five children; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wives, Mac was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and an infant grandson.
A private memorial and interment is being planned.
Sympathy cards can be sent to Mandy Quaas at 1303 Campbell Lane NW Hutchinson, MN 55350.
Memorials will be donated to the Hollywood Junior Bowling program in Mac’s memory.