Garner Ray 'Skeeter' McGinty


Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Former Homer resident Garner Ray "Skeeter" McGinty died Oct. 22, 2002, at his daughter's Anchorage home of lung cancer. He was 77.

A service was held at the VFW Post 1685 in Anchorage on Monday. A memorial in Homer will be announced later. His ashes will be taken to Arkansas by Jewell Thompson and will be buried next to his deceased daughter, Debra McGinty.

Mr. McGinty was born on Jan. 25, 1925, in Choctaw, Ark. He was a high school graduate and attended Clinton State Vocational School.

He served on the USS Detroit during World War II as a Signalman Third Class. He joined the Navy at age 17 and left high school for boot camp. After serving three years in the Navy, he returned to high school and received his diploma.

He married Jewell Story in 1947 and had three children, Debra, Sandy and Garner Jr. They moved to Alaska in 1952. He moved to Homer in 1979 and was a longtime resident there.

He was a carpenter and contractor. He was a lifetime member of the VA, VFW and the Pioneers of Alaska.

"He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He will be missed and loved by all who knew him and were friends with him. He was truly a character and good father," his family said.

Mr. McGinty was proceeded in death by his daughter, Debra McGinty.

He is survived by his sister, Norma Mackey of Peoria, Ariz.; children, Sandy Ellis and Garner McGinty Jr. of Anchorage; ex-wife, Jewel Thompson; and grandchildren, Richard Ellis Jr., Sasha Ellis, Randy Ellis, Shella Ellis, all of Anchorage, and Shauna McGinty of Fairbanks.

Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes in Anchorage.

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