Ferris Lawayne Magee, 85, of McCook died, Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1927, south of Maxwell, to Leroy and Olga (Hansen) Magee. Ferris attended a rural grade school and graduated in 1945 from UNSA in Curtis. He was baptized German Lutheran, but later preferred the Methodist Church.
On Aug. 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen Ruppert. To this union was born five children. The couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary last August.
He was born and raised on a farm. He worked as a farmhand from 1941-1953 and then he farmed for himself until 1986. Ferris was a lifetime member of the Angus Association and served on the school board.
In 1986 the farm was sold and he went to work for Tri-State Livestock Commission until retiring at the age of 80. Ferris and Helen were managers for Forever Living Products from 1979-2012.
Ferris enjoyed his family most of all. He was a loving husband, dad and grandpa. He loved working in his yard to make it a showplace for all to see. He was an avid deer hunter for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Orval, Leland and Donald; a sister, Leona and husband Kenneth Ruppert; son-in-law, Kevin Jensen; and a great-granddaughter, Katerina Kalinski.
Ferris is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Darlene Loper and husband, Daniel of McCook; Kathy Benson and husband, David of Cambridge; Karen Jensen of McCook; Kirk Magee and girlfriend, Tiffany Perlinger of Culbertson and Anita Hager and fiancé, Edward Loonam of Virginia Beach, VA; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie (John) Greco of North Platte, and Shirley (Jim) Brunner; and sisters-in-law, Gerry Magee of Curtis and Genevieve Magee of Atwood, Kan.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with the Rev. Bonnie Forney and Pastor Alisa Parde officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.