OBITUARY

John Wesley McGaugh

June 26, 1938February 16, 2021
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John Wesley McGaugh passed away February 16, 2021 in Oklahoma City, OK He was born June 26, 1938 in Garden City, KS to Wesley Monroe and Margaret McCombs McGaugh. John moved to Oklahoma City from Chardon, NE in 1988. He attended Garden City Jr. College, Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky where he received his Masters and PhD in Reproductive Physiology and Animal Nutrition. After receiving his degrees he moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma where he worked for American Breeders Association until 1974. Then he became a Professor and Farm Superintendent at Fort Hays State University, continuing in his love of animals. John was an Army Veteran, Member of Lakeside United Methodist Church, and the Treasurer of The Young Men’s Association. He was a past member of the Greens Country Club. John enjoyed using computers for work and pleasure. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother; Robert Frank McGaugh and an infant sister Ann McGaugh. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Audrey; 3 sons - John W. McGaugh, Jr and wife Miriam of Stillwater; Larry McGaugh of Piedmont; Robert (Bob) Wayne McGaugh of Guthrie; a sister, Louise Salsbury and husband Don of Bolchow, MO; 3 grandchildren, Wesley, Maggie and Cody as well as many other relatives and friends. Family requests in lieu of flowers donation be made to St Jude; The American Lung or Heart Association; Lakeside United Methodist Church; or Chapel Hill Methodist Church.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • John McGaugh, Jr.
  • Larry McGaugh
  • Henry Bockus
  • Phil Tow
  • John Humphrey
  • Curtis Cromwell

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Mary Ellen Cromwell

February 24, 2021

John McGaugh will be missed by so many!! He was lived by his Lakeside Family, and there will be such a loss in the Share Class.. always faithful!! Condolences to Audrey and family, and prayers for you all! Rest In Peace Dr. John, and know you left an empty place in our hearts, but great memories forever! Until we meet again🙏🏻❤️

Dusty Rich

February 23, 2021

To the John McGaugh family--
It was a sad moment when I learned of John's passing. John and I worked together, off-and-on, for nearly 30 years. That experience was positive and enjoyable. What I remember most about John was his uniqueness , always busy, always positive, always willing to help. He will be missed; but, I cannot visualize anyone who knew him, that would forget him. John McGaugh was just a good person! John McGaugh was a friend!

Audrey, keep smiling! To his children, you have exposure to a good role model for happiness and productivity. God Bless!

Dusty Rich

Allen Dinkel

February 23, 2021

I first met Doc when he arrived at Fort Hays State University to teach Animal Science and be the Manager for the College Farm. He also was going to serve as a coach for livestock judging team which I was a member of. Doc and I immediately hit it off. Doc was not your average academic professor. He was not one who went to college, received a degree, and showed up as a professor. He instead had many other life experiences and he brought that combination to us students.

In the spring of 1976, I literally hated college and was determined to quit. I finished the semester with no intention of coming. Doc heard about it and drove out to our farm about 15 miles from Hays one night. Simply he convinced me I need to stay in college. With his encouragement I upped my game and finished in three semesters with the best grades I ever had and also competed on a fairly good livestock judging team that is pictured.

We kept in contact over the years. I am going to miss our Facebook Messenger conversations with one of the most recent on my birthday on January 21.

Doc, you made a difference in my life. I will never forget things I learned from you in College (not all were academic ). As I have shared the word of this death in the past week, I know I am not the only student that was fortunate to have you as an advisor, professor, and most importantly, friend.

Karen Beck

February 23, 2021

Dear Audrey and family,
It was shocking and very sad when I heard of John's passing. He welcomed me into the Share Class with a genuine welcome. We shared our interest in politics and patriotism. We remained friends via Facebook, after I moved away.
His sense of humor and brilliance never failed to impress me and everyone lucky enough to know him.
Again, I'm sorry for all his family.
Karen Beck

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Visiting the Vietnam Wall to find his friends.

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