Born in Visalia to Wilbur “Blackie” and Catherine Steuben McGrew on Jan. 3. 1928. He passed away at his home near Tulare on Oct. 13, 2005, at the age of 77. Sonny grew up in Visalia, attending Visalia Union High School from which he graduated in 1946. He served in the U.S .Navy for several years and is a veteran of World War II and Korea. Sonny married Elaine Kasdorf in Visalia, March 29, 1953, and worked as a brand inspector for the State of California Department of Agriculture for 42 years. Survivors include his wife; Elaine McGrew of Tulare; two daughters, Betty Aubrey of Montague, Calif. and Karen Clark of Tulare; one brother, James McGrew of Visalia and three grandchildren. Private military burial rites will be held at Visalia District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Tulare County located at 900 W. Oak, Visalia 93291. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Chapel. Online condolences may be made to www.smithfamilychapel.com.