George Walter McKerrow
Oct. 17, 1925 – Jan. 21, 2011
George Walter McKerrow, 85, formerly of Atlanta and Pinehurst, N.C.,
passed unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at FirstHealth Moore Regional
Hospital in Pinehurst. Mr. McKerrow was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Pewaukee,
to the late Gavin Walter McKerrow and Carolyn Sommers McKerrow.
George graduated from Pewaukee High School, where he was active in
sports. He went on to gradu ate from the University of Wisconsin in
dairy science. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years
during World War II as a first lieutenant.
He began his career at Golden Guernsey Dairy and in 1958 went to work
for DairyPak Inc. He was promoted to vice president of their central
division in 1964 and moved the family to Cleveland.
In 1981, he co-founded LongHorn Steaks with his son, George Jr., and two
other partners. He retired from DairyPak Inc. and moved to Atlanta in
1984. He was active with LongHorn Steak House Inc. for the following 20
years, where he served as chairman and as board member. George’s
favorite contribution was his work with the LongHorn Golf Tournament and
the beneficiary, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
George was a great American and impacted many lives along his journey.
Mr. McKerrow is survived by his wife of 23 years, Max ine Lourick
McKerrow; two sons, George Walter (wife Ginair) McKerrow Jr. of Atlanta
and Robert Douglas (wife Donna) McKerrow of Atlanta; three daughters,
Nancy (husband Douglas) McKerrow-Ousterhout of San Francisco, Tammy Jo
(husband Richard) McKerrow-Poulos of Los Angeles and Stacy (husband
Mark) Dempsey of Cleveland; three sisters, Isabel Brown of Hartland,
Helen (husband John) Pugh of Waukesha and Florence (husband John) Glass
of Lincoln, Mass.; and 12 grandchildren, Amber McKerrow, Lauren Guridi,
Heather McKerrow, Gavin McKerrow, Katherine McKerrow, William McKerrow,
Nicolas Poulos, Hannah McKerrow, Anthony Poulos, Eryn Epting, Sean
Dempsey and Stephanie Dempsey.
Mr. McKerrow was preceded in death by a brother, William A. McKerrow.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at the
Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.
Memorial donations can be made in memory of George W. McKerrow to
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta online at www.choa.org or by phone at
Boles Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call
910-692-6262. Online condolences can be made at