|John P. "Whoopie" McGahey, 80, 862 S. Farnham St., Galesburg, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at home.
He was born August 26, 1929 in Galesburg, the son of John and Pauline Riley McGahey. He married Jean Zeltner on October 3, 1953 in Cambridge, Ill. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2004.
He is survived by two sons, Richard McGahey of Galesburg and Bradley (and Brenda) McGahey of Alexis, a daughter, Janet (and Dana) Costin of Galesburg, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a brother, Jay McGahey of Galesburg, and four sisters, Patsy Mitchell, Bette (and Ray) Smith, Shirley Edwards, and Mary (and Bill) Galloway, all of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred McGahey, and four sisters, Birdie Lietsch, Clarcey White, Doris Ray, and Isabelle Gibbs.
Whoopie worked at the former Gale Products Division of Outboard Marine Corporation for many years before retiring. He attended Galesburg High School and later received his GED. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
He served with the United States Army Rangers for three years during the Korean War. He was a recipient of three Purple Hearts. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2257.
Whoopie enjoyed golfing, playing billiards, and riding his bicycle. He was a Chicago Cubs fan.
Cremation will be accorded. Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010 in Knoxville Cemetery. Rev. Daniel Siems will officiate and Military Rites will be accorded by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rescue Mission. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.