Services for H. Kenneth Mackey, a retired Cecil County Circuit Court judge, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hicks Home for Funerals in Elkton.
Judge Mackey died Sunday at Christiana Hospital in Stanton, Del., of respiratory failure. He was 71.
Born in Wilmington, Del., Judge Mackey lived in Cecil County all his life. He graduated from Elkton High School and enlisted in the National Guard's Company E, 29th Division, in 1941.
He then attended Officer Candidate School and graduated as a chemical warfare officer. His subsequent World War II military service was in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific. After the war, he was made adjutant at the Tachikawa Air Base in Japan.
He retired from active service as a major in the Air Force Reserve.
After returning to the United States from the Far East, he attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a B.S. in military science in 1953.
He graduated from American University's Washington College of Law with honors in 1955 and began practicing law in Elkton.
He was appointed an associate judge in Cecil County in 1967 and became an administrative judge in 1969. He retired after 16 years on the bench in 1983.
Judge Mackey was member of the Cecil County Bar Association and its past president. He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Elkton, the Col. Henry Hollingsworth chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Elkton High School Alumni Association. He was on the board of directors of Union Hospital of Cecil County and its former vice president.
He belonged to the Maryland Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Foundation, Susquehanna Law Club, the Cecil County chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion's Cecil Post No. 15, the 29th Division Association and the 29th Division Honor Guard's C.K. Eder and R.M. George Post No. 85, the Retired Officers Association of America, the Cecil County chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, Cecil County Historical Society, Society of the War of 1812, Delta Thelma Chi legal fraternity and the Newark Senior Center.
He was a charter member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2618, an associate member of the Singerly Fire Company and a member of the Elkton United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Johns of Elkton; a daughter, Barbara York of Elkton; and a sister, Peggy M. Finger of Elkton.
The family suggested donations to the Cecil County unit of the American Cancer Society or the Cecil County Heart Association.