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Michael L. Mccarty M.D.

January 18, 1955 — November 6, 2014

OBITUARY: Michael L McCarty, MD

Michael L. McCarty, 59, of Grand Island, NE died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, as the result of a fatal plane crash in Paulding County, Ohio.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St Marys Cathedral, Grand Island, NE with Reverend Richard Piontkowski officiating. Reception and dinner to follow at St. Marys Parish Center. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be at a later date. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dr. McCarty was born to John McCarty and Frieda Faye Neth on January 18, 1955 in Hastings, NE. Starting at age 7 Dr. McCarty started working to help contribute to his family which lead to the work ethic and success in life. All the time knowing Dr. McCarty this was the only thing I ever heard him personally take pride in. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1973. He then graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1976 where he was PHI Beta Kappa and University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981, with high distinction. He finished a residency in Orthopedics Surgery in San Antonio, Texas in 1986. With all these in accomplishments he had many influential figures. One of the most influential being Ralph Phelps, who had a tremendous effect on his character, and who he was as a man. On August 1st 1975, Michael married Deborah Phelps, his high school sweetheart who he had been with since the 7th grade and to this marriage were born four children.

Dr. McCarty practiced in Okmulgee, OK in 1986-1990; he practiced in Grand Island, Nebraska at Central Nebraska Orthopedics until the present time, practicing in Grand Island, Hastings, Broken Bow, Lexington, Holdrege and McCook. Dr McCarty had many interests such as flying, grilling, gardening, swimming, travel, the Huskers and all sports especially following all the community kids. Most of all he cherished his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and siblings. Dr. McCarty served on two medical mission trips to Haiti with Grace 4 Haiti Medical Mission, of which his son Ryan accompanied.

Dr. Michael McCarty is survived by his father John McCarty of Grand Island, NE; sons Michael (Jade) McCarty, Okmulgee, Ok and Ryan McCarty of Durham, NC, daughters Kelly McCarty of Dallas, TX and Kristy McCarty, Hoboken, NJ. Sisters Kim Gangwish, Grand Island, NE and Marlene (Lynn) Casey, Overland Park, KS; brother Jack (Renee) McCarty, Lincoln, NE, Dan (Judy) McCarty, The Woodlands, TX, and Kevin McCarty, Lincoln, NE, Grandchildren, Kennedi and Kaiden Grimes, Dallas, TX and Caitlin McCarty, Okmulgee, OK. and 12 nieces and nephews and their children as well as many other relatives and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John A McCarty and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Neth as well as his mother Freida Faye (Neth-McCarty) Brooke and stepfather Robert Brooke and stepmother Val McCarty and infant brother Thomas Keith McCarty.

In honor of Mike, instead of flowers, please make memorial contributions to: Grace 4 Haiti Mission or Hastings Nebraska YMCA.

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