Del McGinnis

March 18, 1937 ‒ September 21, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Del McGinnis, 77, of Galion died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic.

Born March 18, 1937, in Kenton, he was the son of Bud and Betty (Pummell) Hanson.  He married Betty (Van Hoose) McGinnis on June 28, 1957 and she survives.

Del was a graduate of Alger High School in 1955 and graduated from the Ohio Northern University in Ada in 1959 where he played basketball. He moved to Galion and worked at the former North Electric as personnel manager and then worked for the Galion Community Hospital as personnel director for the next 26 years.  He loved the work and the people.  After a series of heart attacks he was forced to retire and received a heart transplant on February 12, 1999.  Thanks to organ donation he was able to live out his years enjoying his grandchildren and lake property.

He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed The Ohio State University Buckeyes.  He was a kind and generous man.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is also survived by daughter, Lisa (Steve) Kinstle of Galion; son, Darrin (Angie) McGinnis of Tiffin; six grandchildren, Alyssa (Colin) Nugent, Ariane Manley, Kayla, Connor and Courtney McGinnis and Isaac Babcock; one great-grandchild, Alasdair Nugent and a half-brother Mike McGinnis.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a daughter, Marcia Simons.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at the Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with Pastor Kenneth Van Hoose officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society in care of the funeral home .

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Del McGinnis, and condolences may be made to them at


  • Thoughts and prayers to Betty and family. Sorry we are not able to be there, since we are in Florida. We are remembering all the good times up at Lake Erie with the family. Del was a great person. He will be missed Karl and Pam Anschutz.

  • Dear Betty and family,

    I have thought of you many times in visiting my mom in Galion.
    Del was a favorite boss when we worked together at North Electric.
    My how time escapes us. May you cherish your old times and memories.
    May you find peace and comfort during this time of loss.

    Pat Keen

  • We are so sorry to hear of Del’s passing. We both have many good memories of him from our days working at Galion Hospital. He was a good man. Our deepest sympathy to his loved ones in their time of loss.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. McGinnis. Not only was he the father of a fellow classmate, but he was Director of Personnel when I worked at GCH. He was one of the fairest and nicest men I had the privilege to know. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. May you rest in peace Mr. McGinnis.
    Cathy Schramek

  • Betty & family: Never was there a kinder, more accommodating, knowledgeable man than Del. So supportive of all at Galion Hospital; so patient with my shortcomings in the ways of HR policies. He is most certainly reaping his most deserved heavenly reward!

  • Betty, Lisa, Darrin and family, So very sorry to hear about Del passing. I have such fond memories during the sixteen years he was my boss and friend at Galion Hospital. He was always fair and helpful to employees and did his best to resolve problems to their benefit. Prayers for you and may Del rest in peace in Heaven.

  • Betty,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. May God comfort you with the many beautiful memories. Del will certainly be missed at Y Condo!
    God Bless

  • Betty and family our prayers are with you. We were sorry to hear the news about Del on Sunday. There are many good memories for all to cherish and to be a comfort in days to come. Our sympathy and our thoughts are with you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Del’s passing. He was always so kind and good to me when I babysat Darrin many, many years ago. Lisa and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Arch and Pauline Eaton

  • I was so sorry go hear of Dell’s passing. He was a really good guy. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. I am truly sorry for your loss. God keep you all close.

  • Betty and Family, I remember Del and You, Betty, fondly from Galion Hospital. I am so very sorry for your loss of Del and send my most heartfelt condolences to the family . Del was the most caring and fairest of people I have ever met. He was so very kind and in my own situation he went beyond being fair to me. I pray for you all this sad day.. God bless you all. Linda

  • We are sadden to hear of Del’s passing. He was such a great person. Easy to talk to and fun to be around. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you.

  • Darrin and Family,
    Condolences on your loss. Treasure your memories.
    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Saddened to hear of Del’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lisa, Darin, and Betty. Del was such a kind man. Heaven gained an angel. ♥

  • When I saw the sad news on facebook, I immediately thought of when Del, Darrin, Stien and I went to see Bo Diddley. It was one of many great times with Del to be remembered. Hopefully those remembrances will help as you all have to find the new normal after Del’s passing.

    With you in spirit,

  • Betty and Family

    Was so sorry to hear of your loss. I was very fond of Del. He always had your best interests at heart and helping you when ever he could. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • I am sorry to hear of your loss. When we moved to Galion, Mr. McGinnis was so kind to my mother and I. He was a wonderful man!

  • What a dear, dear man Del was! A true gentleman while personnel director at Galion Community Hospital. My condolences, Betty.

  • So so sorry to hear of Del’s passing. I have many fond memories of him over the years that we both worked at Galion Hospital. His smile and his humor brightened any day. He will be missed.

  • Del interviewed me and hired me in November 1970 and I became an employee of The Galion Community Hospital where I worked for the next seven years, in Respiratory Therapy.. I always liked Del, and I used him as a reference several times in other cities when applying for a job. He did lots of good things for the hospital employees–getting us better benefits and a retirement plan.

    I am so sorry for your loss and send love and prayers to your family. I will always remember Del.

    Lydia Snyder
    1849 Madison Ave
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

  • We are sorry for your loss. Del was one of moms favorite people she always look forward to seeing him.we couldn’t make it tonite but will be there tomoro .

  • I am so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  • Betty, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Del was a wonderful man and a great boss. I will always remember him with fondness. He made working at GCH a joy.

  • You have my very deepest sympathy Betty & Family. Del was a special person and will be missed by many. Your special memories will help you through these difficult times.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Del’s passing. I worked with him for 15 years at GCH. I have fond memories of how kind he was and how much fun he was to be around. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of loss and provide you with beautiful memories.

    Deepest sympathy,

    Trudy Wait

  • Dear Betty & Family, My very deepest sympathy to you dring this time of loss & grief. My prayers are for comfort during this time of mourning. Linda Marks-Staiger.

  • Betty and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. What a shock. Del ha such a lively personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • To the McGinnisFamily,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Del. He was a wonderful and kind person to all.

  • I haven’t seen you guys in a long while, but I will always remember Del. He worked with my dad in Carey, Ohio. I met him while in 5th grade (1968). The Detroit Tigers were in the World Series, and I had an interest in them. Del gave me a little transistor radio, on the condition I listened to baseball. I listened on that radio for over 10 years. Thanks Del. Your family was always a wonderful visit. My thoughts are with you now.

    Tim Windau
    Carey, OH