Jerry McGrew

1926 - 2013

Jerry L. McGrew, 86, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013. He was born December 4th, 1926, in Beaver, Okla. After graduating Beaver High School he began his college education at the University of Oklahoma, but was soon drafted into the Army where he served with the 45th Infantry Division. Jerry then attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where he earned a degree in English Literature. Afterward, he did graduate work in Advertising at the University of Oklahoma. He worked briefly as a writer then began a long career in the insurance business, retiring from Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. in Oklahoma City. Jerry was a voracious reader, an avid golfer, a dedicated Sooner fan and a devoted fly fisherman. He was never happier than on soft July evenings, knee deep in Coloradoís Frying Pan River, casting a dry fly to rising brown trout. Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Patricia McGrew; his sister, Barbara Gonzales; his children, Mike McGrew, Ed McGrew, Mary Quinn, and Marty McGrew; four grandchildren, two nephews, and a niece. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lula McGrew; stepfather, Dr. E.A. McGrew; his father, Robert Loofbourrow, and his brother Joe McGrew. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, W.Va., 25438-7400 or Online condolences may be sent to the family at