Donald E. McGinn, age 75, of Merrill, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born July 14, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late William and Elizabeth (Anderson) McGinn. On August 1, 1964 Don and Michele Langeslay were united in marriage in Hastings, MN. They just celebrated 50 years of marriage with their renewal of wedding vows in 2014.
Don served our country in the U.S. Airforce from 1958-1962. He attended MATC for 2 years, earning his degree in auto mechanics. Don retired after many years of working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber. He enjoyed woodworking and fixing cars. Don’s grandchildren were #1 in his life. He loved “collecting rocks” with his granddaughter and playing with his grandchildren. With his dedication to his family, unbelievable sense of humor and wonderful storytelling, Don was everyone’s superhero. He was famous for cooking lasagna and loved anything and everything Irish. He was a truly dedicated father, fiercely loving husband, and Papa who will be deeply missed but happily remembered.
Survivors include his wife: Michele “Kelly” (Langeslay) McGinn, Merrill; two sons: Nicholas (Christine) McGinn, and Jason (Becky) McGinn; four grandchildren: Antonia, Molly, Keely and Cullen McGinn; to brothers: John McGinn and Patrick McGinn; sister: Catherine (Rick) Dunigan; two brothers-in-law: Bruce Langeslay and David (Bonnie) Langeslay; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Leonard McGinn, his father and mother-in-law, Bertram and Ruby Langselay, and two brothers-in-law, Frederic and Thomas Langeslay.
A memorial service for Don will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, WI. Visitation will start at 10 AM with the service starting at noon. Pastor Todd VanRyn will officiate. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Don’s name to Disabled American Veterans or to St. Jude’s. Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.