John D. McGaffin

July 18, 1925November 16, 2012

McGaffin, John D., 87, retired Machinist for Boeing passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012. John was an Army WWII Veteran. He was assigned to 1st infantry Division, Company F, 2nd Battalion and 18th Regiment that landed on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944. He went through Huertgen Forest and was at the Battle of the Bulge. John was highly decorated receiving a Purple Heart w/ bronze cluster, EAME Ribbon w/Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He was a longtime member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Haysville.

Preceded in death by his parents John and Ota, his loving wife of 60 ½ years Josephine, sons Doug and Christopher McGaffin, brother William McGaffin, sisters Marilyn Rickett and Loetta Wells.

Survived by his children Janet Mila, Craig McGaffin (Connie), Joan Miller (Ray), Timothy McGaffin, (Kathy), Thomas McGaffin (Teri), Kirk McGaffin (Debbie), Mary Cassity, Alicia Sanburn (John),brother-in-law Ray Conners, sister-in-law Connie Conners, 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Rosary, 7pm, Tues. Nov. 20th, Funeral Mass, 11am, Wed. Nov. 21st both at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Haysville.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with Catholic Charities 532 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.


  • Rosary Service Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 21, 2012
  • Viewing Sunday, November 18, 2012

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Danielle Vierthaler Brown

November 21, 2012

We will miss seeing John. He was so onery and not only teased me but my children as well! He would have to give me a hug every time I saw him, whether it was at church or the grocery store. We are keeping the entire McGaffin family in our thoughts and prayers.

Teresa Roberts

November 20, 2012

I didn't know Mr. McGaffin personally, but I've heard wonderful things about him. Please know his service to our country is very much appreciated. With love and prayers to Kirk, Debbie and the entire family.

Girls at Via Christi Thorn

November 20, 2012

Tom, Teri and all of the McGaffin family, May God ease your hearts knowing your loved one is in his loving arms. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

Scott Wilson

November 19, 2012

Joan and Ray you are in our prayers.

Jan and Frank Runa

November 19, 2012

Rest now. Your time on earth is complete and your rewards are waiting for you in Heaven. God Bless.

Steve and Terry Torres

November 19, 2012

Tom We were sorry to hear about your Father. He may be gone from this earth, but the memories you have of him will be in your heart forever.

Harry Simpson

November 18, 2012

Rest John, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

November 18, 2012


We are all sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Engelbrecht

November 18, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Ron Cassity

November 18, 2012

John was a gruff man with a soft heart and insured that those he loved were taken care of. My children have lost much more than a grandparent. We have lost much more than a man. God Bless you John D. My sincerest sympathies to the McGaffin Clan.