Francis “Frank” McGuire


Francis (Frank) Robert McGuire 77. Roseau MN, formally of Pillager, MN passed away on  Friday August 14th.  Frank was born on March 1st, 1943 in Darlington, WI to Robert and Bertha McGuire. He lived  on the family farm until he was 9 when they moved to Rockford, Il. Frank graduated from  Rockford East High School and upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army. He served his  country as an airplane mechanic in Italy. Upon returning from his service Frank started working  at O’Hara Field in Chicago IL, where he met Mary. They were married in October of 1966 In  Wichita, KS. Together Frank and Mary raised three sons and were proud of their  accomplishments as they grew. When the oldest boys were young, Frank and Mary moved  their family from Chicago to the Pillager, MN area. Frank loved people and sales. He owned  Sportland Corner in Nisswa for a time, he worked for Benedict Distributing, and he started Black Bear Sales, which sold gifts and novelties throughout the upper midwest.  Frank was very active in and proud of the Pillager School. He often would tell people how he  was glad he moved his family there. He enjoyed volunteering his time with the Boy Scouts and the Rail Prairie Township Board. He also enjoyed deer hunting and walking in the woods with  his dogs.  When Mary became sick they moved to Roseville, MN to be closer to family and medical  facilities. He lived there for 6 years and made many close friends. After Mary passed away,  Frank grew to love Letitia Yao-Johnson and enjoyed the time he was able to spend with her.  Interment will be at the MN Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN on Friday August 21st at  9:00am. A short visitation and service will take place following the interment at the Belle Prairie  County Park from 10-1. In lieu of flowers or memorials, please make a donation to the ALS  Society of MN.  Frank was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Bertha, his brother Charles, and his  wife Mary.  He is survived by his Children: Christian of Granada Hills, CA,; Joseph (Beth) of Merrifield, MN;  Charles (Parisa) of Minneapolis, MN; and Patrick (Amy) of Roseau, MN. His Grandchildren:  Justin (Elsa), Jourdan (Jeffrey), Jacob (Janelle), Jolet (Kens), Joseph (Jessica), Jonathan,  Keilan, and Kai. He is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren: Marcus, David, Hugh (McGuire);  Emmett, Olive, Ivy (Suos); Evelyn McGuire; and Mateya Michel. 

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