Perry “Mack” McGehee
”1923 - 2016”
Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day, You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that I once had,
Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.
Perry “Mack” McGehee passed peacefully in his sleep
Wednesday evening November 30, 2016 at the Claremore Veterans Center
at the age of 93. He was born in Southwest City, Missouri February 1, 1923.
Mack or as his niece sometime called him, Peewee, grew up in the
Grove, Oklahoma area and went with the others of the Greatest Generation
to serve our country in World War II. Mack managed to survive a parachute drop
in to Normandy, France on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and
the Battle of the Rhine River among other smaller battles.
He served as a parachutist, medic and dental technician.
He was honorably discharged in September 1945.
He married the love of his life Dorothy Lee (Shook) in 1946 and they
celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past May. Mack worked
at Sunray DX Oil Refinery in west Tulsa for 40 years. Mack is survived
by his wife, Dorothy; three children, Edd (Peggy) McGehee of
Claremore, Oklahoma, Carroll (Ron) Perry and Mitch (Lori) McGehee ,
both of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He also leaves behind
five grandchildren, Randy Robinson, Julie Watson, Macky McGehee,
Michelle Ryel and Scott McGehee; six great grandchildren,
Clancy & Pepper Robinson, Chase Watson, Kenedy McGehee, River Ryel
and the newest, born just last week, George McGehee. He also leaves
behind his pet Schnauzer, Buttons that Mack more often called Dufus.
Mack & Dororthy spent most of their married life in Jenks and raised
their three children there. They moved to Claremore next to their
oldest son about six years ago. Mack had many hobbies and some of
his favorites were helping his brother, Bert raise watermelons &
cantaloupes and selling them from the back of their truck at the
refinery on their days off.
He also loved to fish and enjoyed many years at their cabin on Grand Lake.
One hobby he loved that no one could understand because it was
such hard work was cutting, splitting and selling firewood. It was because
it was outdoors that he liked so much. Still some of the happiest times
were fishing with his friends and sons. He also enjoyed the different animals
they had on their place over the years especially the goats and
his miniature donkeys. Mack also loved to garden and was known in the Jenks
area for his wonderful vegetables, especially his tomatoes. He was even known
to go junking or the auctions and garage sales with his daughter.
Probably his most favorite thing though was the fresh desserts his wife
made for him nearly every day. Mack really had a sweet tooth.
Mack was greatly respected, admired and loved by all who knew him.
He will be missed.
Resource: Tulsa World
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