James (Mike) McGinnis, 88, a longtime resident, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey. James was born on March 2, 1925, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
He grew up in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania where he lived with his parents until volunteering for service in the U.S. Army as a teenager during World War II
. While in the service he later met and married his wife, Ann, in 1949. She also lived in Seaside where he made his home.
James served in combat in Europe during WWII with the 3rd Infantry Division where he earned the combat infantry badge, purple heart
, prisoner of war medal and other medals and service ribbons. He later earned the Army Commendation Medal with OLC and many letters of commendations and appreciations. He retired in 1981 from Civil Service.
Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (Cannon) McGinnis; brother, Henry McGinnis; sisters, Bertha Maccagllia and Patricia Miller.
Mike is survived by sister-in-law, Shirley McGinnis; brother-in-law, Leo Girouard; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Susan Girouard and numerous nieces and nephews.
James was a member of St. Frances Xavier Church in Seaside since its conception in 1950. His ministry was to the sick, aged and dying. He was past Grand Knight of the St. Frances Xavier Knights of Columbus Council 5261, a member of Santa Rosalia Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, a member of American Legion Post 591 and a life time supporter of the Boy Scouts.
Visitation will be held Friday November 29, 2013 from 4:00-7:00pm at Seaside Funeral Home, 1915 Ord Grove Ave., Seaside, CA 93955.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, November 30, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Parrish. Burial will follow at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Ave. in Seaside.
The family would like to especially thank the staff of Ave Maria Convalescent for lovingly taking care of "Uncle Mike" for almost six years. We truly appreciate everything you have done for him. We also would like to thank VNA/Hospice Organization.