Gerald Richard ‘Jerry’ McGown

ROGERS, Ark. — Gerald Richard “Jerry” McGown passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in the cardiac ICU at Mercy Hospital, in Rogers, Arkansas.

Jerry was born in 1943 in McCune. He attended McCune schools and graduated from high school in 1961. He attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, graduating in 1963. After NEO, Jerry attended Oklahoma State University (go Cowboys) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, from 1963 to 1965. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with an emphasis in animal husbandry. Jerry then returned to McCune to put his academics into practice on the McGown Family Farm. 

Jerry was the oldest son to Paul and Wilma McGown (both of whom preceded him in death). His younger brother, Warren, also preceded him in death on June 13, 2020.  

Jerry was married to Judy Harrell from 1965 to 1975. She preceded him in death. Jerry and Judy had a son, Wade McGown, in 1967. Wade and Michele reside in Oceanside, California, with their two children. 

Jerry was married to Linda Bicknell from 1976 to 1986. Linda preceded him in death. This marriage brought two bonus boys, Sheldon Bicknell and Scott Bicknell, into Jerry’s life. 

Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen McCormick McGown. They married in 1988. This marriage brought three bonus children, Amy Lawyer Torrance, Jeremy Lawyer and Tim Lawyer, into Jerry’s life. Before retiring in 1994, Jerry was well known in the area for a lifetime of farming, 4-H and breeding Simmental cattle.

Throughout their 33 years together, Jerry and Karen especially loved spending time with their kids and 11 grandchildren. From special events to simple times, sharing fun and laughter was all that mattered!

Jerry enjoyed his beloved fur babies.

As a couple, they enjoyed years of square-dancing and travel with friends. Jerry will be missed by many!

Please join friends and family for a memorial tribute and balloon release on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the McCune Community Center. Come anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. The tribute starts at 2:30 p.m.

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