John Michael McGinley, 71, the son of Earnest W. and Betty June (Hood) McGinley, was born June 20, 1950, in Newton. He was a graduate of Newton Senior High Class of 1968. He had served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
May 4, 1973, John was united in marriage with Cordelia Joy Van Maanen in Sully. He was employed by the Maytag Corporation in Newton. He devoted his life to his family and was a member of the Newton VFW Local #1655 and Our Savior Lutheran Church of Newton. He enjoyed sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, and working outdoors.
Early Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, John was called home by his Lord Jesus Christ. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Newton. The funeral will also be broadcast on the Pence~Reese Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to MercyOne Newton Cancer Center, to Our Savior Lutheran, or to a charity of your choosing. Burial will be in Veteran's Section of Newton Union Cemetery. Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facemasks are optional, but encouraged at the services.
John was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother Jeff; his parents-in-law John and Jennie Van Maanen; niece Elaina Machin; nephew Philip McGinley; and brothers-in-law Bert Polman and John Van Maanen.
Those left to honor John's memory include his wife Cordelia Joy; his son Michael (Kelsi) McGinley of Spencer and their children Katka, Bazil, Damek, and Cashel John; his son Nicholas (Gina) McGinley of Newton and their children Rebekah, Izayah and Noellah Joy; his sisters and brother: Dianna (Lloyd) Machin, Pat (David) Drew, Dan (Karleigh) McGinley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Elise McGinley, Bonnie (Vernon) Vander Weerdt, Betty Polman, Marva (John) Tolson, Norma (Bill) Rozendaal, and Kathy Van Maanen; and his many extended family and friends.