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In Memory of Dennis McGinley


Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm with a prayer service to conclude at 7pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson as well as one hour prior to the mass at church Wednesday morning

Funeral Services

11AM Wednesday October 21st at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

Dennis McGinley, age 67 of North Hudson died peacefully Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at his residence. Dennis was born on March 24, 1948, in River Falls, Wisconsin; the son of Daryl and Mary (Schullo) McGinley. He attended St. Patrick’s Parochial prior to his family moving to St. Paul in 1960 where he graduated from Hill High School in 1966. He furthered his education at the Brown Institute; receiving an engineer’s license to become a disk jockey. In 1968, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served four years during the Vietnam War prior to his honorable discharge. He worked as a disk jockey for WGL and WLYV Radio Stations in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he would meet the love of his life; Diane Bauer. The two would be united in marriage on June 14, 1974, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. That day he became the proud father of Mark and Beth.  They would move back to the Twin Cities in 1975 where he worked as a disk jockey for KTCR. During this time, he went back to school at the University of Minnesota and Century College. With this education, he began a career in the railroad. He worked as a legal investigator and union coordinator at Yeager & Jungbauer, Barristers for twenty-eight years before his retirement in 2013.

Denny loved life, people, and family. It wasn’t often when Denny didn’t light up a room with his smile. He never stopped talking as being surrounded by family and friends gave him the greatest pleasure. In 2011, he was awarded the Kozy Korner Man of the Year award for his infectiously fun personality. At work, he was seen as the ’PR man’ as he always was seeking out the best for the company and their employees. He was a huge Minnesota Gopher supporter and was always proud to cheer on the Minnesota Twins. He loved the music of Jimmy Buffet. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing. He was so proud to take the grandkids fishing and to see the look on their face when they pulled one in.

Denny will forever remain in the hearts of his wife Diane; children Mark (Debra) McGinley of Yorktown, VA, Beth  Dufficy of Littleton, CO, Nancy (Nick) Armstrong of Denver, CO; grandchildren Michael McGinley, Julia Dufficy, Claire Dufficy; brothers Dan (Sharon) McGinley of Poway, CA, Frank (Beth) Schneider of Levonia, MI; several cousins; two nieces; seven nephews; as well as countless good friends, all of whom Denny adored. In Heaven, he joins his parents Daryl and Mary (Schullo) McGinley, grandparents Nicademo and Anna Schullo, Virgil and Gladys McGinley; special aunt Carrie (Harry ’Duke’) Hughes, several aunts/uncles who were very special to him; and his nephew Rick German.

Mass of Christian Burial for Dennis will be 11AM Wednesday, October 21st at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Active casketbearers will be Todd Fisher, Kirk Nelson, Paul Kramer, Andre’ Lenzen, Fritz Grabens, and Todd Michaels with honorary casketbearers being Bob Dabruzzi, Sam Ricci, Bill Dabruzzi, Jerry Reidell, Tim Hotijec, and Jerry Weiss. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm with a prayer service to conclude at 7pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson as well as one hour prior to the mass at church Wednesday morning. Memorials are preferred.

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    • Loved to read the obit notes, which brought a smile to my face. Dennis and I were great friends in highshool. We spent alot of time singing and harmonizing, as well as cruzing around. Dennis was fond of my family, as we were of him. He hung out at the Smith house frequently in the late 60’s. I lost contact with Dennis in the early 70’s when we both left the Twin Cities. Sorry he is gone, but will always remember his laugh and ability to make people have fun. Sincerely Stephen and the Raymond Smith family.