Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 2, 2010


Kenneth Harold McGill

Kenneth Harold McGill, a resident of Pleasanton for 26 years, died June 14 at the age of 90. He was born to John F. and Cloma M. (Gurwell) McGill on August 30, 1919 in Meridian, Idaho. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1937 and joined the Army in 1941 serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany during WWII. After the war he returned to Meridian and met and married Althea M. Jolley in 1947. Three children were born to the couple - a boy and 2 girls. Kenneth returned to active duty military service in 1952 and served tours of duty in France, Korea, the Dominican Republic and several locations across the U.S.. Col. McGill retired in 1967 and moved to Chula Vista om Southern California and began a new career with the Veterans Administration. He retired again in 1984 and moved to Pleasanton.

Col. McGill was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant son, three sisters, Beulah, Mildred Pottinger and Lola Zinn, and six brothers, John, Warren, Ivan, Wilmer, Leonard and Earl. He is survived by his loving two daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and RJ Grimes of Pleasanton, and Donna and Bill Gordon of Sonora, and a grandson, granddaughter and great-grandson..

Col. McGill was interested in many things; he was an outstanding athlete, an all star basketball player, an expert marksman, an archer, and a professional boxer. He enjoyed riding his Harley in his youth and enjoyed all kinds of music. He was an avid reader, a poet and a stimulating conversationalist. He loved spending time with his family. Services were held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton June 22, followed by military honors and burial at Sacramento Valley Veterans Cemetery.


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