Jack Dempsey McCawley, 83, Pratt, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2014, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt.
Jack was born on March 27, 1930 in Hennessey, Okla., to Herbert J. and Blanche E. (Atkins) McCawley.
He graduated from Fowler High School in 1949. On Sept. 3, 1950, he married Nell Rogene Doskocil.
As a young boy he was taken to Fowler by his fourth grade teacher, Mary Brownlee, to their family ranch for the summer. He continued to do this for many years and considers the Brownlees, Orrs and Easterdays his extended family.
In the 1950s Jack owned and operated a precision machining and assembly business for the aerospace and defense industry in California. Jack and Rogene moved back to Pratt in 1964, and became owners of the family business, Doskocil Frozen Foods, Das Smokehaus & Deli.
Jack spent many years coordinating Nazarene Work and Witness trips to Mexico. He was a member of the Pratt Free Methodist Church where he served on the board. He volunteered in Greensburg following the May 2007 tornado, and was a member of the Greensburg Greentown Committee. Jack was the founding chairman of the B-29 All Veterans Memorial and was a member of the B-29 Museum Committee.
Survivors include: his wife, Rogene; five children, Michael (Joyce) McCawley, Kansas City, Mo., Mal (Penny) McCawley, Bentonville, Ark., Leanne (Curtis) Jorns, Kingston, Mo., Brian (Ann) McCawley, Muskogee, Okla., and Celia McCawley, Hutchinson; 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, John (Doris) Sewell, Manteno, Ill., and “adopted kids” Mark and Gloria Naser, Audobon, Pa.
Jack was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Suzanne; his parents; stepfather, Roll Sewell; brothers Benjamin F. McCawley and Herbert J. McCawley; and infant grandson, Christopher Dean McCawley.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Pratt Community College Carpenter Auditorium on Highway 61 Pratt.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to either the Pratt Free Methodist Church (for missions), 1024 Maple St., Pratt, KS 67124 or the B29 Museum, PO Box 29, Pratt, KS 67124.