Paul Wendle McGinnis, 90, of Wheeling, WV, was Born to Eternal Life, peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
He was born December 13, 1925 in Wheeling, WV, son of the late Archibald B. and Alice Mary (Conrad) McGinnis.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by three brothers; John Conrad, Charles Robert, and Carl Adrian McGinnis; and a sister, Mary Kathryn McGinnis Horne.
Paul was a graduate of Triadelphia High School and attended St. Joseph’s Collage in Hays, Kansas. He was retired from Siemens Corporation and a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
In 1943, at the age of 17, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he achieved the rank of Signalman 3rd Class. He was assigned to the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis in the South Pacific. On its final voyage in 1945, the ship was torpedoed and sunk. Of the 1197 men on board, only 317 survived the 5 days lost in the sea. Through the grace of God, Paul was one of the survivors.
His naval experience guided much of his life, in the fact, that each day was a gift. He never tired of living and learning. Whether it be fixing just about anything, fishing with his grandson, painting, square dancing, mastering the computer with his granddaughter, clock making, or his favorite, wood working. His greatest legacy, though, was the love, help, never ending time, and example he gave to his family and friends. Our sweet “Poppa” will be missed.
Paul is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 64 years, Marcella (Baker) McGinnis; his daughter, Kathleen (Joseph) Gompers; his granddaughter, Kelly Ann (Christopher) Lohri of Wheeling; his grandson, Michael Joseph (Kelly) Gompers of Philadelphia; four great grandchildren, Michael and Jackson Gompers, Addison and Joshua Lohri; his brother, James E. (Valerie) McGinnis; his brother-in-law, Joe (Veneida) Baker; his many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received from 6-8 pm, Tuesday, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Our Lady of Peace Church, 640 Old Fairmont Pike, Wheeling, WV, with Rev. Dennis Schuelkens as celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
A special thanks to our Home of the Good Shepherd “Angels” and Dr. William Mercer, who provided such loving and compassionate care for him and his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the USS Indianapolis Gwinn “Angel” Scholarship Endowment, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, 250 E. Front Street, Suite 310, Traverse City, Michigan, 49684, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Contributions to the USS Indianapolis Gwinn “Angel” Scholarship Endowment may also be made online at www.tmcfunding.com. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com