Rhoades McKee founder dies at 89

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Frank William McKee Courtesy Rhoades McKee

Frank William McKee, a founder and named partner of Rhoades McKee, died Saturday at the age of 89.

“We are saddened at the loss of one of the founders of our firm,” said Tony Pearson, president of the Rhoades McKee executive committee. “We are proud to bear his name and carry on the tradition and culture that he helped forge from the Firm’s earliest days: to zealously represent our clients in a manner that is widely respected by our colleagues on the bench and bar.”

McKee helped to create the firm when he merged his practice with attorneys Roger Boer, Dale Rhoades and Bill Garlington in 1963. The law firm was called Rhoades, Garlington, McKee, and Boer.

“With a commitment to serve his clients, Bill approached each legal issue meticulously to achieve the best outcome,” said Rhoades. “We worked day and night, and that dedication was respected throughout western Michigan and the state.”

For nearly 30 years, McKee focused his practice on civil litigation involving property claims, personal injury, product liability, auto and professional malpractice (legal, medical and dental).

The Ohio native retired in 1992 from the daily activities of the firm, but he remained as an of counsel member.

McKee now leaves behind a firm that has 49 attorneys who offer over 25 legal practice specialties in Grand Rapids, Hastings and Holland.

Formal services for McKee have not been planned at this time.

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