Mr. John Patrick McGuire, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas died surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Mena. John was born on November 16, 1934 to the late Claude T. McGuire and Edna Lane McGuire in Beaumont, Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a teenager, later becoming a warrant officer, and retired as Captain McGuire after 20 years of dedicated service.
During his service in the Marines, John married his wife, Maria McGuire, in 1960 and had a wonderful and adventurous life with her for the last 56 years. His unique interests and achievements included Golden Gloves boxing, scuba diving, aviation, and martial arts. He attained his black belt in Goju-Ryu karate in Okinawa, Japan under the Master Seikichi Toguchi.
After John’s service, he worked hard as superintendent for Southern Construction in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also became very active in the Marine Corps League, VFW, American Legion, and the Elks organization, eventually serving several terms as Grand Exalted Ruler of Lodge 781 in Mena.
John greatly enjoyed carpentry, farming and classical music. Most of all he loved spending quality time with his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by wife, Maria Garza McGuire of Mena, Arkansas; sons, Judd Miguel McGuire and wife Joy of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mark Antonio McGuire of Bastrop, Texas; daughter, Ana Lisa Parsons and husband Stanley of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Anthony Parsons and wife Sara, Emily Emerson and husband Adam, Hannah Winget and husband Alex, Ryan, Eric and Raegan McGuire; great-grandchildren, Hailey Emerson and Jack Parsons; brother, Bill McGuire and wife Nelda of Highland, Texas; sister, Nancy Mitchell of Katy, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Clifford McGuire and Dave McGuire.
Family and friends visitation will be Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Funeral service will be Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Full Military Honors will be rendered in West Columbia, Texas Burial Site on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.