George Erna McGurk

George Erna McGurk, 83, Topeka, Kansas, passed away November 17, 2019. He was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania to George Erna and Hilda Marion McGurk. He was a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and studied at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and Dallas Institute of Hebrew Studies. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served with the Army Security Agency in the Far East. He was stationed in Japan with the ASA Command Issuing Office and received many awards during military active duty.

He worked with the Bell Telephone Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later transferred to Kansas. He retired as a manager with South Western Bell Telephone in 1990 and continued working as an engineer for Christian radio. He was active in Kiwanis International.  He could often be found working in his garage building or repairing something, often joined by his children and later grandchildren. He had a love of electronics and motors and could fix or build anything. He had a tool for every job. George loved being in service to others whether helping to repair a car or serve as a chaplain or counselor when needed.  

He is survived by his wife, Edith Charlene (Thompson) McGurk.  George and Edith met in Japan where she was serving as an American Baptist missionary. They married in 1958 in Chanute, Kansas. He is survived by son, Nathan Paul McGurk (Janette) of Cyprus; daughter, Wendy Susan McGurk of Lawrence, Kansas; sister, Carol Berezik (Gene) of Aurora, Ohio. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by sisters Marion, Dorothy, and Norma, and brothers David and Arthur.  

Services will be held at Grace Bible Church 4021 SE 37th St Topeka, KS 66605 at 10:30 on Saturday, November 23.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transworld Radio earmarked in support of Hannah McGurk or the Topeka Rescue Mission.

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  1. George was my big brother. When I was a senior in high school, Edith and George opened their home to me, so that I had a place to live. I will always be grateful to them. It could not have been easy for them, as they were relatively newlyweds. Although, in the last 60 years, we did not live close, we always kept in touch. We enjoyed swapping stories about our travel experiences and he gave us several tips to use in our RV. I am also thankful for his Ancestry info, that I will be able to pass down to our grandchildren. I will miss him.

  2. I met George in 1999 and never realized what a good friend he would become. Over the years I lived in Topeka, he was my good friend. We and others would meet daily at Lake View to talk and laugh. All of us loved George. On thing about George that I will remember. He loved his wife, children, and friends. Most of all he loved his Lord and Saviour who is taking care of him now. GOD will make good use of him.

  3. We heard of George’s passing and this brought back a lot of memories. He was a dear friend.The world has lost and heaven has gained a good man. We send sympathies from our family to his family and know that God and memories will strengthen them.
    We are thankful to God that he allowed our family to know and bond with George and his family for several years in Chanute before their move to Topeka.
    A fun memory I have is seeing George dressed up like a pregnant women for the Kiwanis sponsored Halloween Spook Parade. He had a large sunflower in the middle of his belly.

  4. I attended church with George and Edith many years ago at the Country Chapel. What a lovely Christian couple. George was always willing to lend a hand with any project, and Edith especially helpful in youth education. George was a driving force in initially bringing Christian Radio to Topeka and surrounding areas, and Edith supportive of his efforts the years she was able. He also served many years helping and protecting a mutual handicapped friend until her passing. He always served with great care, patience and perseverance. Sincere sympathy is extended to your entire family at his passing. He was a genuinely good, good man.

  5. RIP to my good friend and Army buddy. We had many wonderful chats in the rocking chairs at Thornton Place. His dedication to Edith was without doubt a gift from God. I will see you in heaven George. No doubt in my mind. My sincere condolences to all his family. Peace be with you.

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