Longtime West Texas oil and gas operator, John Q. McCabe passed away on May 24, 2011 at the age of 91. He was born January 4, 1920 in Marshall, Arkansas to William T. and Pearl (Pierce) McCabe. After the sudden passing of his father when John was just seven years old, his mother raised him and his five younger siblings in Osage, Oklahoma. In 1938 John graduated from Osage High School and then served in the Army Air Forces during WWII from 1942 to 1946. John was an Aircraft Engineering Officer and a Captain for the 43rd Bomber Group. He was a decorated soldier, earning the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze star. After discharge, he achieved the rank of Major through the Air Force Reserves.
With the aid of the GI Bill, John earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1953 from The University of Tulsa. He maintained membership in the Oklahoma Bar Association until his death.
In 1954 John married Doris Rozena Moritzky of Osage, OK. Their families were friends and neighbors throughout their childhood. A favorite memory of John’s children is when he would tell of holding Doris when she was a baby. After 46 years of marriage he was at her side to hold her again when she passed away in 2001.
In the early 1950s John started his career in the oil and gas industry with his brother William “Grant” McCabe. In 1964 he moved his wife and five children to Midland, Texas to focus on oil and gas exploration and production. As his business grew, he acquired and became President of Taurus Minerals, Inc. At the age of 87 he was still out on location with his sons and brother as he drilled his last gas well. Until a few weeks before his death John could occasionally be found in his office attending to the business operations of Taurus. Throughout his life he remained devoted to his family and his work.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Doris; sisters Velma Martin and Tommie Cavin. He is survived by his children, John Q. McCabe Jr. and wife Marleen; Roger McCabe; Ed McCabe and wife Laura; Greg McCabe and wife Melissa; Rozena McCabe and partner Diana Everett; grandchildren Greg McCabe Jr. and wife Mandy; Josh McCabe; Amanda McCabe; Jenny McCabe; and brothers Henry McCabe and wife JoAnn; William “Grant” McCabe; and Kenneth McCabe.
A family visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Wayne Moore Room of Manor Park located at 401 Helen Greathouse Circle, Midland, Texas. A viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chapman-Black Funeral Home in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapman-Black Chapel in Cleveland, Oklahoma with burial followed in Osage, Oklahoma.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Manor Park, Home Care Plus, and Hospice Midland for their attentiveness and compassion for our father. Online condolences can be made at: www.ellisfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you pay tribute to John’s life through donations to Hospice Midland, PO BOX 2621, Midland, TX 79702 or Manor Park, 2208 North Loop 250 West, Midland, TX 79707.