MCGUIRE—Robert “Mac” McGuire passed away quietly on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, surrounded by family.
He was the beloved husband of Dorothy McGuire, father to their three daughters: Cheryl, Geri and Theresa; grandfather to six and great-grandfather to four; he is also survived by his two younger brothers, Kenneth and Pat McGuire; and a sister, Mary.
Mac was born Jan. 26, 1935, in Belvue, Kan.
His early days were spent “on the farm.” At the age of 18, he joined the Navy, serving on seven different ships in 17 years at sea. He was homeported in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He served two years of recruiting duty in Wichita, Kan., and was a senior instruc- tor of the Steam Generating (Boiler) Inspector School at San Diego, Calif. Mac’s dedication to his Naval career was recognized by the award of the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, five Good Conduct medals, China Service Medal, two National Defense medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, seven Vietnam Service medals, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Korea Defense Medal.
After retiring from the Navy, he went to a career as a contractor for Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP).
Mac and Dorothy retired to their seaside home in beautiful Florence 15 years ago. During his retirement here, Mac was an avid bowler and golfer. He was active with the VFW and served as Commander.
During his term, he was responsible for overseeing the completion of the Veteran’s Wall on Bay Street. He was a Mason, an Elk and a Cootie. As an appropriate salute, Mac will be buried at sea.
A memorial service may be planned locally at a future time.
We wish you fair winds and following seas, sailor. You are loved and will be missed.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.