Roy S. “Mac” McGinnis, 92, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., and formerly Prescott, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at his home. Mac was born June 21, 1922, in Gooch Mill, Mo., the son of Sylvester McGinnis and Zelma Enloe McGinnis.
Mac served with both the United States Navy and the United States Army during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was briefly married to Lucille Paulson and Dorothy Grove. Mac later met and then married the love of his life, Carmen Ford, on Oct. 14, 1956. They raised three children together. Carmen preceded Mac in death on Nov. 25, 1994. At the time of his death, Mac had been married to Marjorie Peacock for just over 17 years.
Mac was retired from General Motors, Fairfax Division after 35 years of service. He also served as an auxiliary police officer for Wyandotte County. While living in Prescott, Mac served as a city judge for the Prescott City Council and a volunteer firefighter. He served on the Bourbon County Zoning Committee after moving to Fort Scott.
Mac was involved in civic activities. He was a member of the Mound City Masonic Lodge #33 and the Scottish Rite Consistory. Mac was a lifetime member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Music was an important part of Mac’s life. He played various instruments and helped provide music for area dances. He also helped to organize Prescott Memorial Day activities.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of the home; two daughters, Shirlee Mayfield, of Fort Scott, and Patricia Cantwell and husband, Ed, of Derby, Kan.; three sisters, Mary Lou Russell, of Kansas City, Kan., Sylvia McCarty, of Arkansas, and Lucille Fry, of Ralston, Neb.; six grandchildren, Carmen Sue Freday, Roy Allen Humphreys, Tamara McGinnis-Baird, Michael McGinnis, Raquel “Rocky” Beltz and husband, James, and William Cantwell and wife, Johnna; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Marjorie’s children, Robert McDaniel, Miami, Okla., Louise Schuler, Leavenworth, Kan., Harvey McDaniel, Basehor, Kan., Connie Furgeson, Dover, Minn., Michael McDaniel, Dallas, Texas, and Michelle Stine, Redfield, Kan.; and their children and grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his wife, Carmen, he was preceded in death by a son, Roy Stephen McGinnis; a son-in-law, LeRoy Mayfield; a grandson, Patrick Cantwell; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Kay Childers; five brothers, John Bill, Eddie Gene, Charles Amos, Lawrence Murrell and Bobby Jo; and a sister, Rebecca.
Pastor Joe Perkins conducted graveside services Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Prescott Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online tribute wall at cheneywitt.com.
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