NORMAN — George Warner “Salty” McGuire Jr. was born June 18, 1925, in Skedee to George Warner McGuire Sr. and Lenora (Ratcliff) McGuire. He passed from this life Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Norman, having reached the age of 87 years and seven months.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at First Baptist Church in Pawnee. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Pawnee under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.
He earned and was awarded the Eagle Scout Badge on behalf of the National Council of Boy Scouts of America in September 1942. Immediately upon graduating from Skedee High School in May 1943, he joined the United States Navy. He was trained at San Diego, Calif., Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, and New London, Conn., for submarine duty on the USS Raton. He served in western Australia and the South Pacific in the battle of Leyte Gulf for the liberation of the Philippines.
While on leave from the Navy, he married the love of his life, Betty Jo “Jody” Perrine, on Nov. 7, 1945. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2009.
They made their home in Pawnee until December 1998, when they moved to Norman to be closer to their sons.
While in Pawnee, he was a member of the First Baptist Church, serving at various times as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and deacon. After moving to Norman, he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
He was employed at Colvin Wholesale Vending, First National Bank and Pawnee National Bank before working at the U.S. Post Office in Pawnee before his retirement. He took pride in raising hogs and being a cattle rancher. He coached little league baseball, was a member of Lion’s Club and served on various chamber of commerce committees, including one year as president. He loved his hometown and always told people he was from Pawnee, even after his move to Norman.
He and Jody loved to travel and crisscross this great country of ours in their Airstream trailer. They did this in their early years of marriage with their family and later with their Airstream friends or by themselves. He served as a state and regional officer in their Airstream club, Wally Byam Caravan Club International. Through the 40-plus years in this club, they made many life-long friends. They both loved sports and attended many University of Oklahoma events as well as events across the U.S. and Canada.
Though Salty led a busy and active life, always on the go, his greatest love was for his immediate family. He would always make time, change plans and sacrifice what was necessary to help his family. He had a special bond with all of his grandchildren. His later years were filled with fun times when all his grandchildren gathered at his pool for swimming and pizza. They loved spending time with their “Pa Pa” and “G-Pa.”
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years and his parents.
He is survived by his sons, Randy and his wife Sallie and Kyle K. and his wife Margie and granddaughter, Meagan, all of Norman; his grandson, Scottie Bryan and his wife April, great-grandchildren Madeline and Jackson, all of Edmond; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.