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Albert L. McGinnis

8/30/1937 - 11/21/2019

PEKIN ~ Albert Logan McGinnis, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2019 at his home.

Born August 30, 1937 in Pekin to Albert Glenn and Florence Terry (Connett) McGinnis, he married Ruth Ann Thomas on August 29, 1998 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Brad (Shelley) McGinnis of Rincon, Georgia, Barry (Debbie) McGinnis of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Sean (Marcy) McGinnis of Powell, Ohio; two stepson, Jeff (Cathy) Greenhalgh of Pekin and Jason (Ronelle) DeGroot of Kewanee; one stepdaughter, Jamie (Dan) Saletzki of Princeton; twenty grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis (Marilyn) McGinnis of Stevens Point, Wisconsin and one sister, Josephine (Bob) Godbey of Manito.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; two brothers, Kenneth McGinnis and Gary McGinnis and one sister, Rose Mary Mickle.

He had served in the United States Navy reserves.

Al was a self-employed trucking and excavating contractor for 40 years, retiring in 2002.  He did countless sewer projects and trucking throughout the area.  He also had a poultry business and more than 200 chickens for many years and sold the eggs.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles, horseback riding and cooking.  He will be remembered for his quick wit and his ability to offer good advice on the fly.  He also had the gift of storytelling.  He was especially close to his dogs he was blessed with over the years: Rosie, Spike, Sophie, Maggie, Sugar and Shiloh.

Al was a 30-year member of Empire Lodge #126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Pekin and also Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.

His memorial visitation will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Masonic rites will follow the visitation along with a memorial service officiated by Dr. Michael McLeod.  Private inurnment in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Masonic Charities Fund, 2866 South Via Verde Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703.

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