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Joseph Joe McCartyDecember 22, 1914 ~ December 15, 2017 (age 102)
McCarty, Joseph John (Joe) December 22, 1914 – December 15, 2017.
Joseph John (Joe) McCarty, Age 102, 11 Months, 24 Days old, passed away Friday evening, December 15, 2017 after receiving Catholic last rites on Sunday, at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan, Missouri.
Joe was born in Milan, son of John McCarty and Emma (Hagan) McCarty, one brother, Charles 1908 – 1961, one brother, John 1919-1919, one sister, Louise Williams, 1910-2000. Joe attended the Milan Grade and High School, was active in sports, music, and art. Graduating in the class of 1932. He attended the School of Art Instructions for a year in Chicago. Went to California, the Winter of 1933, and worked as a window display artist and sign painter. He had to try out cartooning with Walt Disney Studios, but before employment, had to return back to Milan because of the death of his mother. He began sign painting and artwork for the Royal Theatre in Milan for a year in Spring of 1936. A friend and he traveled through Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois painting signs and living the “Hobo” life. Finally in July he ended up in South Bend, Indiana and being tired of the “traveling life” worked for the old “Studebaker” Company for 6 months. Joe then returned home for Winter and Spring 1938, was employed in Chicago again for a few months, as were many Milan and Sullivan County people during the “depression” jobs were hard to get and hold, so most jobs were for a short time. He returned to Milan and was employed to work on the new County Court House that was being built. Work on the Court House lasted for 30 some months. He varnished every piece of woodwork 3 times and painted every room, along with two other painters. A sense of pride having worked on something representing your county, especially to work steady through the “depression years”.
In 1940, Joe married Frances Purdy on September 17th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Frances committing to Catholicism at the time. Joe continuing on with the painting and signs business. In November of 1941, a baby boy, Terry Joe was born to them. A month later, December 7, 1941 was “Pearl Harbor” and we were at war! In April 1942, Joe went to St. Louis and worked for Curtiss-Wright Air Craft Co. seven months until Joe was called to the Army in November 1942. He spent the first 9 months in training in the states, 7 months in England, 20 months in France, Belgium, and Germany with the U.S. Army Engineers. During that period of time he received the Bronze Star and Meritous Service Citation Awards! He was Honorably Discharged November 13, 1945, having attained the rank of 1st Sergeant, U.S. Army.
Returning to Milan after the War, December of 1945, he resumed sign painting in conjunction with retail paint and wallpaper business. Having bought property just South of the present Milan Standard office, erected a building and apartments. Making several additions over the years to include 5 office stores, and 5 apartments in a two story 40 x 80’ structure. On February 9, 1947, another son was born to Frances and Joe, Stephen , and on December 23, 1948, a daughter Paula was born. After 15 years in the paint and wallpaper business, he sold the building and continued to paint signs and art work. In 1963, Joe began drawing cartoons weekly for the Milan Standard and in nearly 40 years never missed a copy! Also pursued his interest in Oil paintings and have several around Milan; the Library, Historical and Railroad Museums, Court House, private homes, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Joe was active in local community affairs all his life! Having been president and chairman of many, many organizations, starting with the Quarterback Club in 1937, which was responsible for the present Football Stadium, electric scoreboard, and baseball and softball diamonds. Joe was public address announcer for Milan High School Football games for over 30 years. Also, Football and Basketball official for 15 years. He was the president of Milan Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, P.T.A. Country Club, Alumni Association, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and V.F.W. and especially the Milan Industrial Committee from 1946 to 1960. Consisting of 12 business men of Milan, whose aim was to attract and contact out of town business and projects of civic nature to come to Milan; through their efforts there is a County Hospital, which he served as a board member for 10 years, a new High School and Elementary School building, he also served on committee to reorganize and consolidate county school districts. Joe was on the road district board to black top streets of Milan, which up to that time, over 100 years, had but one street, Third Street and the square that wasn’t mud or gravel! He was on the 1st board to get Senior Citizen Housing, met with Stamper Company many time in Moberly, Mo to persuade them not to leave and enlarge their plant in Milan. Joe served as a member of the St. Mary’s Church Board 6 different times through the years, Joe has many paintings and art work in the church and was in charge of burials and maintenance of St. Mary’s Cemetery for the past 30 years. Joe was a small town boy who loved Milan and its people!
Survivors include: his wife, Frances McCarty; two sons, Terry Joe McCarty of Kansas City, Missouri and Stephen McCarty of Olathe, Kansas ; a daughter, Paula (McCarty) May and husband Rex of Milan; grandchildren, Jason (Anne) May, Nicole (Michael) Quinn, Brennen (Heather) McCarty, John (Megan) McCarty; great grandchildren, Ryan May, Charlie May, Jared May, Chloe May, Keegan Quinn, Tara Quinn, Patrick Quinn, Jaxon McCarty, and Macy McCarty.
Funeral Mass for Joe will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milan. A visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00 AM.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Cemetery.