John Owen Ginnelly, 87, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Margaret Ginnelly.
John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1949, serving on the USS Estes and the USS Union. He earned a Victory Medal, an American Area Campaign Medal, a China Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. John stayed in the Navy, then served from 1949 to 1953 on the USS Salamonie and the USS Hoist, during the Korean War.
He was an engineer for many companies, with 17 years at Hydromation Engineering Company. John was an avid reader and could repair nearly anything; he loved ballroom dancing, doing crossword puzzles, playing poker and eating goodies. He had a joke for every occasion or subject, and had an uncanny ability to slip the joke in at just the right time. John was a member of the Elks, the VFW and the Holiday Estates Association.
He is survived by his siblings, Margaret (Roy) Breuhan of Shelby Township, Mich., Thomas (Viola) Ginnelly of Ione, Calif., Gerald (Beverly) Ginnelly of Prescott, Ariz., Ann Flumignan of Londonderry, N.H., and Judith Brown of South Lyon, Mich.; four stepchildren from his third marriage, David (Rosemary) Gardiner of Kalamazoo, Mich., Colleen (Bernie) Graham of Englewood, Denise Gardiner of Portage, Mich., and Donald (Melissa Jordon) Gardiner of Mattawan, Mich.; six step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and good buddy, Don Fox. John was preceded in death by his three wives, Janet Reed, Roberta Stead and Rita Klein Gardiner Ginnelly.
At his request, John was cremated. Friends and family will gather for interment and a graveside memorial service with a military honor guard at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at St. Edward Catholic Church Cemetery, 332 W. State St., Mendon, Mich., where John will be buried next to his late wife, Rita. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or Tidewell Hospice in Englewood.