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William McGinnis

1934 - 2021

OBITUARY William Phillip McGinnis was born on January 4, 1934 in Montrose, New York to Elizabeth Mackey McGinnis and Frank Edward McGinnis. He graduated from Hendricks Hudson High School in 1952 and enlisted in the Navy serving 4 years during the Korean War period. While enlisted, he met his future wife Marilyn Lenzen. They were married for 64 years at the time of her death on March 3, 2020. He graduated from Wayne State College in 1960, the State University of New York at Albany and the State University of Connecticut culminating in a 6th year degree in education. He was an educator beginning as a history teacher and went on into administration positions ending in his being the Director of the Social Studies program for the City of Poughkeepsie, NY. Our father said this is the part where we can “Tell them how wonderful I was”! Lol He was Irish, religious, rooted for the Yankees and Giants and above all else was about family. He was a poor kid from the “The Point” who was from the Greatest Generation. He worked hard, got himself very educated and enjoyed a wonderful retirement for 31 years with our mother. His hobbies were history and working around his home. He traveled extensively with our mother, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren within and outside of the United States. Our father passed away on his own terms. At home, in his own bed, on his own time surrounded by his children. He is survived by his four children, Sussann Pottenburgh and her husband Kyle Pottenburgh (Wappingers Falls, NY), Tara Evans and her husband Joseph Evans Jr. (New Hampton, NY), Timothy McGinnis (The Villages, FL) and Todd McGinnis and his wife Phyllis McGinnis (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl), five grandchildren; William Pottenburgh and his wife Mary Pottenburgh, Mary Katherine and her husband Kevin Ludwig, Kathleen Davenport and her husband David Davenport, Megan Ketcham and her husband Jason Ketcham and Sarah Lagan McGinnis; and lastly five great grandchildren; Sean Pottenburgh, Liam Pottenburgh, Ava Pottenburgh, Hunter Davenport and Oliver Ketcham.


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