Joe McGraw


Joe McGraw, 63, of Garden City, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

Joe McGraw, 63, of Garden City, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

He was born May 22, 1948, in Garden City, to C.F. and Dorothy Hayden McGraw. He attended Garden City schools and graduated from Garden City High School in 1966.

A lifetime resident of Garden City, Mr. McGraw was owner and operator of Preferred Cartage and Preferred Iron. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was very devoted to his family, and he loved his work, raising horses and mowing the pasture.

On Jan. 11, 1969, he married Kathy Ann Gilger in Delta, Colo. She survives. Other survivors include three children, Jarrett McGraw and his wife, Rachelle, of Gill, Colo., Marilee Deines and her husband, Dustin, of Garden City, and Brett McGraw and his wife, Lori, of Garden City; a brother, Jim McGraw and his wife, Peg, of Phoenix; a sister, Cindy Hawkins and her husband, Bud, of Delta; his mother-in-law, Iona Gilger of Garden City; and nine grandchildren, Brenden McGraw, Brecken McGraw, Estin McGraw, Winsten McGraw, Gretchen Deines, Ashton McGraw, Brooklyn McGraw, Cazlyn McGraw and Drelyn McGraw.

Funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Church in Garden City. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Visitation hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be emailed to Memorials are suggested to Pierceville Federated Church, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.

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