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Obituaries

Obituaries

Paul O. McGinnis 1916 - 2006 Roseville, Calif.

Services for Paul O. "Mack" McGinnis, 89, Rocklin, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge in Roseville. Burial will be in Veterans National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.Mr. McGinnis died Friday, May 5, 2006, at his home.He was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Osborn A. and Edna Dicker McGinnis.He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence in 1938 and attended Kansas University for two years. He attended U.S. Army Air Corps radio school at Chanute Field, Ill., and graduated from pilot training with Class 44H at Pecos, Texas.Mr. McGinnis served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1939 to 1960 during World War II and the Korean War. He flew the B-17 Flying Fortress and K-97 refueler. He served with the 8th Air Force during World War II and was in charge of the Crypto Room in the American Embassy in Paris in 1948. He served in England at Mildenhall and an underground communications center south of London from 1949 to 1953 and in Goosebay, Labrador, in 1958. He advanced to a warrant officer, flight officer, lieutenant and captain and served as a communications officer and squadron commander. He retired from the Army in 1960 as a major. He was an electrical engineer in the defense industry from 1960 to 1970 and was self-employed as an electrical technician from 1970 to 1975.Mr. McGinnis was a life member of the American Legion, Forty and Eight, Elks Club and Order of Daedalians. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, National Association for Uniformed Services, National Rifle Assn. and Republican Committee.He married Marian W. McGinnis on Oct. 7, 1941, in Reno, Nev. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Lynn P., Glendale; two daughters, Mary McGinnis, Marietta, Ga., and Jean McGinnis, Roseville; three grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer and Trisha; and four great-grandchildren, Jackie, Keith, Megan and Taylor.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Alice Pahl, and an aunt, Mary Alice Dicker.The family suggests memorials to American Legion Post No. 620, 3400 Argonaut Ave., Rocklin, CA 95677.Chapel of the Valley in Citrus Heights is in charge of arrangements.