Randall E. McGinley


Randall E. McGinley, 60, of St. Joseph, Missouri,  died Sunday, September 19, 2010, after a battle with malignant melanoma.

Randy was born in Bethany, Missouri on June 2, 1950, to Max and Dorothy (Fowler) McGinley of Albany.  He graduated from Albany High School in 1968, attended Northwest Missouri State University, and served in the Missouri National Guard during the Vietnam War.  Randy entered the car business as a young man, and quickly discovered what was to be his calling in life. He owned and operated McGinley Ford in Albany for several years, and later spent many years managing Vic Auto Plaza in St. Joseph.

As an adult, Randy obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State College.  Following his graduation, he became the Security Manager and later managed the Fine Jewelry department at JCPenney.  Ultimately, though, Randy returned to his first love, the car business, selling cars up to the final months of his life.

Randy was an avid fisherman, whether at Lake Taneycomo or Table Rock Lake in the Missouri Ozarks, or in ponds around the northwest Missouri area.  He was a lifetime member of Disciples of Christ churches in Albany and St. Joseph, most recently Wyatt Park Christian, and served for many years as a deacon and elder.  Randy loved his family very much and had a wide circle of lifelong friends among whom he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his mother Dorothy McGinley of Albany, daughters Molly (Ben) McClure of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Hillary (Brooks) Smith of Kansas City and their mother Sarah McGinley of Gladstone, brothers Roger McGinley of St. Joseph and Robert (Dixie) McGinley of Albany, and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the Albany First Christian Church on Saturday, September 25, at 1:00 p.m.  The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Valley Hope Association (www.valleyhope.org) or the First Christian Church of Albany, Missouri.


  1. Debbie Sherard on September 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Molly, Hillary, Sarah and families,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know this has been a struggle but I want you to remember the good times and the good memories. I will never forget the trip with the band to the Liberty Bowl. Take heart in your faith and love.

  2. Janet Mccomas Halferty on September 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I am very sorry to hear about Randy. He was a very good man and I am very glad I had the opportunity to know him. I will let Stuart and Melanie know. We all remember being their neighbor and going on a vacation to the Ozarks together. Good Memories.

    With Sympathy,

    Janet Mccomas Halferty (Cliff and Marie Mccommas’ daughter).

  3. Rhonda Waltrip Hall on September 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing, he was a great guy!

  4. Natalie & Jeff Noblitt on September 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Molly, Hillary, Sarah and family,
    Thinking of you and hoping you are able to share good memories during this difficult time. I not only have good memories of Randy as Molly & Hillary’s dad, but also as a great boss when I worked at Penney’s. He was kind and fair and kept everyone in the dept. smiling. It was a great job for me and I was grateful he hired me.
    Take care. We’ll be thinking of you.

  5. George & Nancy Hammer on September 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Molly, Hillary, and family, Our hearts go out to you all for the death of your Father. He was such a friendly guy and always had a smile, we remember how he helped us find Lindsay’s first car and what a gentleman he was. Please know you are in our thoughts. Love, Nancy & George

  6. Susan McGarry on September 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Hillary, The fondest memory I have of your dad is of the day we spent floating on rafts across Table Rock, just the three of us. Very peaceful. We pray for that same kind of peace for you, Molly and Sarah in the days to come. Love, Susan

  7. Loretta and Kevin Rozell on September 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I met Randy at South Belt Auto.He sold us my yukon.That day I bought a good vehikle and made a wonderful friend.We talked about the LORD and our families.When I was told Randy was terminaly ill just a few weeks after buying my suv.My heart sank to the floor!I was just sick about it.I went to see Randy at the nursing home and we talked again about the LORD and our familys.Im very sorry for your loss,but know he went to HEAVEN and is saving all of us a seat.Eventhough I had his friendship for a small time here on Earth.I have his friendship for eternity in HEAVEN!GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    Loretta Rozell.

  8. Susan Fattig on September 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    To The McGinley Family, I worked with Randy at Vic Auto Plaza. He was in every sense a true gentleman, one of the kindest people anyone would ever like to meet. I was saddened to learn he is no longer with us here on this earth. Randy has many, many friends that will feel that empty feeling in their hearts over the loss of him. My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Susan Fattig, St Joseph

  9. Larry & Mrs.Mary Bauman on September 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

    To The McGinley Family; Our prayers are with you. Randy was true gentleman.

  10. Ronn Hobbs on September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    A great JCPenney Partner and friend. I worked with Randy for several years & he was a great guy!

  11. KARElL RAE HENTON, R.N./LOUETTA AND RAYMOND SMITH on September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Dear Dorothy and Family, We are so sorry for your recent loss of both Husband and Son. Our prayers, and thoughts go with you. I remember many good thoughts about your family. Going to church, and singing in the choir with both Max,and Randy. God bless all of you. Karel and Family.

  12. Jerre & Mike Robertson on September 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Mrs. McGinley, Molly, Hillary, Sarah and family,
    Our deepest sympathy is with all of you. Mike and I are so glad that we were able to spend a few moments with Randy last week.
    To us, he will always be “Bud.” I don’t remember why all of us at Penneys started calling him Bud but he was truly a good buddy to all of us that had the pleasure of working with him. Joyce Fowler and I had a ball sharing an office with Randy; poor guy having to share an office the size of a large closet with two women, but he never complained. One priceless memory that I will always have of Randy is of him dressing up and singing like Dolly Pardon for one of our store meetings…he was always a team player.
    Randy was also a special friend to Mike; he took Mike and our son, James, deer hunting for their first time. He was also there for Mike and our daughter, Bonnie, when it was time to buy her first car…she drove the wheels off that Jimmy. Then finally in March of this year, Randy was one of our first friends to call with condolences when Mike’s mother passed away.
    He will be missed. May God Bless you Randy and help your family through this time of sorrow.
    Your friends, Jerre & Mike

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