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Joseph Richard McGauran, “Ol’Joe”, 71, passed away Wednesday at Ascension All Saints Hospital. He was born in Marinette on August 11, 1945, and was the son of the late William and Margaret (Nee: Duxbury) McGauran. Joe graduated from Marinette High School in 1963. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and served 3 years mostly stationed in Germany. Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 1972 and went to work for Racine County as a planner in February of 1973. Joe obtained a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside in Public Administration. He then took the reins of the County Tax Lister’s office until his retirement in March of 2000.
Joe was married in 1979 to Judy Wiltsey (Levin) and helped raise her two daughters, Lisa Essi and Alexandra (Lori) Scott. In 1992, Joe and Judy were divorced. Joe was an avid sailor and a life member of the Racine Yacht Club. Joe sailed in 35 Chicago to Mackinac races, 10 Port Huron to Mackinac races and many races throughout the Midwest and in Racine. Joe started racing early in life and won his first season championship in Marinette when he was 15 years old. Joe also enjoyed playing golf and played as much as he could. Joe traveled throughout the world and saw as much as possible usually either on a charter boat or a cruise ship.
Joe will be buried in Riverside Cemetery with his mother and father. Per his wishes a wake will be held at the Racine Yacht Club at a later date.
Special thank you to the staff and doctors at Ascension All Saints Cardiac Intensive Care for their loving and compassionate care.