Marlen "Muggs" McGinnis
771 North Crafford St.
Bushnell, IL
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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So sorry for your loss Elaine, Arvella, Beth, Monica, and Cindy, and family. He will be missed by all who knew him. Gods speed Muggs!
Mary Kay Frickson
April 21, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a great guy, a strong leader as principal/teacher, and a good role model in our community.
Dan and Beth McGrew
April 20, 2015
Condolences to the entire McGinnis family through a daughter whose mother, Marian Walthers, is probably now saying, !Mugs, what took your so long!"

she loved teaching under him and I will always remember them. Marilyn K. wALTHERS aBEL
April 20, 2015
Sorry for your loss. I will remember all of those great times we had officiating. I was lucky not only to have had that experience but to be able to call him my friend.
Curtis Veach
April 20, 2015
Prayer's to the family Mr McGinnis was a great guy will be missed by many
Harry Steven Lovell jr
April 19, 2015
Pretty sure there will be more than a few greeters and a loud celebration on the other side. My thoughts are with you, Elaine & the girls.
Maureen Fayhee
April 19, 2015
My prayers are to Elaine and daughters. He was so special to our class of Kankakee 1958.
Betty Jane Krueger
April 19, 2015
So sorry to hear of your father passing, Cindy. I tried to send a card, but I didn't have an address. Am thinking of you and your family. Love, Norma
Norma Kentner
April 19, 2015
Muggs was a friend of mine through high school. Always happy and smiling. The world will be a little darker with his passing. My condolences to his family.
Ralph Wetmore
April 19, 2015
Elaine & family. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers. With sympathy and understanding. Bernita Hammond-Trigg
Bernita Hammond-Trigg
April 19, 2015
My love & prayers go to Elaine & the girls. We will surely miss his upbeat personality & great sense of humor...Lots of Love
April 18, 2015
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