Bernard James McGuire, 97, of
Owensville, Mo. formerly of Mount Carmel, Ill, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Gasconade Manor Nursing Home in Owensville, Mo.
He was born on July 16, 1915 in Enfield, Ill.; he was the sixth of seven children of Joseph and
Mary Elizabeth (Fyie) McGuire.
Bernard attended a one-room
schoolhouse in Logansport, Ill. before moving to FortBranch to live with his sister Lula Suttner
and attend FortBranchHigh
was the first member of his family to complete high school.
He married Virginia (Dolly) Halbig McGuire on Oct. 12, 1937 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Haubstadt, and they
were the parents of five children: Glennis (William)
Clancy of Placentia, Calif.; Kent (Connie) McGuire of Waxahachie, Texas; Ellen (Gary) Kilgos of Athens, Ga.; Charles
(Kathy) McGuire of Cypress, Texas; and Joseph (Ann) McGuire of Dalton, Ga. He
is also survived by his nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and 18
great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
He worked for Emge Packing Co., Inc. in FortBranch from July 1, 1933 to 1983. Following 50 years with the company, he retired as area sales
supervisor in Southern
He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus for 75 years and joined the Fourth Degree. He served as
Grand Knight at K of C Councils in three states – Haubstadt; Mount Carmel, Ill.; and Cuba, Mo.. He also served as Faithful Navigator of the Fourth
Degree. At the time of his death, he was a member of Immaculate Conception
Church in Owensville, Mo.
Bernard was preceded in death
by his parents and siblings: sisters Lula Suttner,
Julia Titzer, Marie McGuire, and Margaret Greubel Adler and brothers Charles
McGuire and Thomas McGuire. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 38
years Virginia (Dolly) Halbig McGuire, on July 2, 1975; his second wife of 24 years Juanita Vaughn (married
May 1987) in August 2010; and his grandchildren Shannon McGuire and Stephen
Visitation will be from on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at the chapel of Cunningham Funeral Home, Mt. Carmel, IL with rosary at
Funeral service will be on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mt. Carmel, Ill. with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.