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 or by phone at 404-785-7310.

Boles Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 910-692-6262. Online condolences can be made at