Harold Parkins “Jack” Magee
Harold Parkins “Jack” Magee of St Joseph, Mo., died August 6, 2012 at home.
“Jack”, his nick name, was a registered pharmacist.
He was born in Kansas City, MO., August 21, 1924. He was the son of the late Harold “Harley” and Mary Parkins Magee. At age eight, his family moved to Carrollton, Mo, where he attended grade and high school. While in Carrollton High School, he earned two letters each in football, band and track. While there, he learned that to really experience life, you must participate. He was Student Body President his Senior year.
He was an Eagle Scout. He was very proud that he was the first of thirteen Eagle Scouts in his extended family. Duty, Honor, Country were instilled in his heart.
He was called to active military service in 1943, during World War II, and served in North Africa, and Bahrein, with the US Army Air Corp. After WWII he stayed in the Reserves, and was recalled to duty in the Korean War, remaining stateside. He again stayed in the Reserves and National Guard and finished 33 years of service, retiring as a Colonel. He belonged to the Pershing Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He was its President (MOAA), for two years. He belonged to American Legion Post #359 in St. Joseph, MO. He belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution.
“Jack” graduated from Missouri University (UMC) with a BSBA. degree in 1948. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity. While there, he served the fraternity as its Treasurer. In the fall of 1948 he was admitted to the School of Pharmacy at Missouri University in Kansas City (UMKC), graduating in 1951 with a BSPh. His senior year he was Student Body President of the Pharmacy School’s APHA chapter. He was elected to “Whose Who in American Universities and Colleges” in 1950. Having passed the Missouri Board of Pharmacy he was licensed as a Missouri Pharmacist for over fifty years. Over the years, he attended courses at Washington University (St Louis), Syracuse University, and Colorado University.
Magee found that life in the drug store was too confining, and so joined Pfizer Laboratories, as a pharmaceutical salesman. He worked in that job for twenty years, before retiring. His territory was Northwest Missouri. He loved the territory, its people, and the company.
“Jack” was an active airplane pilot, flying his airplane throughout the USA.
He was a free Mason, belonging to Wakenda Lodge #52, AF&AM, in Carrollton, MO, for over 50 years. He was also initiated in the Chapter, Commandery, Scottish Rite, Legion of Honor, and Moila Shrine. He was president of the Masonic HI-12 Club #49, of St, Joseph, MO, in 2006. He was a member of the Francis Street First United Methodist Church.
He was on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army for seven years. He was on the Village of Country Club, Missouri, Zoning Board for five years.
In 1948, he married Clara Beth Roseberry of Carrollton. From that union were two children, Marcus Jack Magee, of Carrollton, MO; and Donan Roseberry Magee of Cedar Rapids, IA. There are five grand children, and two great grand children. The grandchildren are: Doctor Erin K. Magee-Casner, of Carrollton, MO; Keegan Magee of Lenexa, KS; Conor Magee, Colorado State U, Ft Collins, CO; Caitlin and Killian Magee of Cedar Rapids, IA. A great grand daughter Kierstin Magee, lives in Lenexa, KS. The great grandson, Canon Casner, lives in Carrollton, MO.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Magee.
In 1983, he married Joan Elizabeth Leeper, of Independence, Mo. She survives at the home.
“Jack” loved to travel and his mode of travel was ocean cruising. He and Joan had many ocean cruises.
Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, Francis Street First United Methodist Church, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment Carrollton, Missouri at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date. The family suggests memorial gifts to Francis Street First United Methodist Church or Salvation Army.