Rangers say final goodbye at Macko funeral service

Host of former players among pallbearers for longtime clubhouse manager

Rangers say final goodbye at Macko funeral service

ARLINGTON -- Approximately 350 friends, family and former Rangers players came to the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on a cold Wednesday morning to pay final respects to Joe Macko, who passed away Dec. 26 at the age of 86.

Macko had been associated with the Rangers since the franchise moved to Arlington in 1971, including 22 years as the home clubhouse and equipment manager. He continued to serve the Rangers as a community ambassador after his retirement in 2000 and was one of the most beloved individuals in franchise history. He died of natural causes.

Longtime sports writer Randy Galloway, in his eulogy, compared Macko to former Rangers manager Don Zimmer, as somebody who made everybody smile.

"Everybody in here today is smiling," Galloway said.

Former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve said Macko had "huge hands and a bigger heart."

The list of pallbearers included former Rangers Jim Sundberg, Mike Bacsik, Toby Harrah, Bill Zeigler and Jackie Moore along with friends Al Minze and Corky Campisi. Also serving as pallbearer was Richard "Hoggy" Price, who is currently the Rangers' equipment and home clubhouse manager. Dr. B.J. Mycoskie, the former Rangers team physician, served as an honorary pallbearer.

Also in attendance were former Macko assistants David Bailes, Kelly Terrell and Jeff Rodgers in addition to current Rangers GM Jon Daniels, pitching coach Mike Maddux, executive vice president Rob Matwick and broadcasters Eric Nadel and Steve Busby.

Among the former players in attendance were Nolan Ryan, Rusty Greer, Darren Oliver, Curtis Wilkerson, Mark McLemore and Steve Buechele, as well as former GM Eddie Robinson, manager Frank Lucchesi and traveling secretary Dan Schimek.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph S. Scantlin led the service, and Macko was buried in Moore Memorial Gardens next to his late wife Dorothy. They were married for 55 years before she passed away in 2007.

Macko is survived by his sister Katy and brother-in-law Kenny Limestahl; son Mike and daughter-in-law Brooke Macko; daughter Karen and son-in-law Josh Wells; daughter Linda and son-in-law Chris Eadler, granddaughter Lindsey and husband Craig Sims, great-grandson Cooper, grandson Jay Ayers and wife Erica. Joe was preceded in death by his sisters Anna Macko and Mary Camarata.

His son, Steve, an All-American at Baylor University and a Chicago Cubs infielder in 1979-80, passed away from cancer at age 27 in 1981. In his memory, Joe founded the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 121914, Arlington, TX 76012.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.