Joseph Weldon “Jack” McGann passed away Thursday evening, May 9, 2013, at the Hospice House in Topeka at the age of 86. He was born August 26, 1926 to Thomas Joseph and Esther (Arnold) McGann in Great Bend, Kansas.
After school Jack enlisted in the military and served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Jack was united in marriage to Bertha Hernandez on October 5, 1959 in Parrington, Texas, after which they moved to Colorado Springs where Jack was employed by the Air Force Academy as a Civil Service Employee. Jack and Bertha were blessed with six children, Thomas, Marvin, Pete, JoAnn, Donna and Raymond. They relocated to Ellis in 1973. Jack worked for Sutor Hereford Farms for many years until retiring in 1988. Jack and Bertha ran the Palco Café for 14 years.
Jack enjoyed gardening, playing cards, milking cows, watching ballgames with his family and crossword games. He loved helping his children with 4-H, from showing their animals to helping them with their baked goods. He especially enjoyed his farm life.
Jack was a member of the Palco Lions Club and the VFW Reeder-Dinkel-Westhusin Post #8871.
Survivors include his wife Bertha of the home; children, Thomas and wife Jackie of Hays, Marvin of Kansas City, MO, Pete and wife Marla of Ellis, JoAnn Koni and husband Edmond of Wakefield, MA, Raymond and wife Tracey of Topeka, and Donna McGann of Bella Vista, AR; 15 grandchildren, Brooke McGann, Amber McGann, Kayle McGann, Brandy Moravek, Arron Moravek, Rachel Moravek, Cory McGann, Austin McGann, Skyler McGann, Haley Willard, Cameron McGann, Alexa McGann, Anisa Koni, Monika Koni and Mellon McGann; and 2 great-grandsons, Johnny Rielle and Justin Rodney.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Esther McGann; infant brother, Thomas; brothers, Olan, John and Patrick; and infant sister, Mary Margaret McGann.
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