BUSHNELL, Ill. -- Marlen "Muggs" McGinnis, 74, passed away in his home in Bushnell on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Muggs was born Jan. 11, 1941, in Kankakee to Maurice and Edna (Piper) McGinnis. He married Elaine (LeBeau) on June 25, 1960. She survives.
Muggs graduated from Kankakee Senior High. He received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from ISU. He went on to earn his specialist degree from WIU.
He began his educational career teaching history in Kankakee. He then became the principal at Bushnell-Prairie City Junior High School and finished his educational career teaching history at Bushnell-Prairie City High School.
After retiring from education he became known as the "Candy Man," delivering Kathryn Beich candy across the tri-state area.
For 47 years, Muggs was loved and booed while refereeing at the IESA and IHSA level in football, basketball, volleyball and track.
Muggs was active in the Bushnell community. He was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was instrumental in the B-PC all-weather community track project. He assisted with the Town & County Fall Festival.
Muggs' number one priority was his family. He also enjoyed traveling, motorcycling, snowmobiling and restoring his 1951 Chevy.
He will live on through his sister Arvella (Tim) Waugh of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Beth A. Crossett of Macomb, Monica M. (Danny) Wolf of Bushnell, and Cynthia L. (Tim) Lovejoy of Prairie City; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lyle McGinnis and Deryl McGinnis.
SERVICES: A 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, funeral Mass will be at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Macomb, with the Monsignor Richard Pricco officiating.
VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bushnell with a rosary at 7 p.m.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to B-PC Track Maintenance Fund, Bushnell Rescue Squad or St. Bernard Catholic Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, 771 N. Crafford St., Bushnell.
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Published by Herald-Whig from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2015.