Jan 18, 1940 - Feb 20, 2013 YUKON Charlie McGuinness, beloved husband, father, and brother, went to his final rest listening to the Irish Tenors on Feb. 20, 2013, following a brave fight with lung cancer. Charlie was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Indianapolis, IN. A dedicated Notre Dame fan lost in Sooner country, those who knew him enjoyed the mischievous twinkle in his eye, tilt to his smile, and Irish wit. Charlie spent the last 22 years sharing his Irish temperament with his co-workers and customers at Metro Builder's Supply. Charlie was a graduate of Cathedral High School and studied Business Administration at Marion College in Indianapolis, IN. What few knew about Charlie is that he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from Nov. 1961 to Oct. 1967, when he was Honorably Discharged. After completing basic training and Airborne School, he was tapped for Special Forces and completed qualification. Charlie earned his Green Beret and spent the next three years of his service assigned to Company C, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC, where he served with distinction alongside the first generation of Vietnam-era Special Forces soldiers, including the founder of Delta Force and the first Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. Charlie is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Jean; their three sons: Charles McGuinness, III and his wife Robbie, of Corpus Christi, TX; Patrick McGuinness, of Oklahoma City; and Brian McGuinness, also of Oklahoma City; and their daughter, Paula A. Kelly and her husband Gerald, of Norman, OK. Charlie had four grandchildren whom he adored: Connor; Morgan; Colin; and his only granddaughter, Rowen. Charlie is also survived by his beloved sisters: Charlotte Bell, of Darlington, IN; and Patricia Dobson, of Indianapolis, IN. Charlie also had a great love for his two dogs, Molly and Lilly, and the many who preceded him in death. Joining the family in mourning are his countless admirers in the appliance and construction industry. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Road, Norman, OK. The Wake will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., also at St. Mark. Friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend the Wake and share memories of Charlie. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 24, 2013