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Full Text of SR0907  94th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Joseph B. McGuan, who passed away in
4 April of 2006; and
5     WHEREAS, Joseph B. McGuan was born October 19, 1944 in
6 Morris, Illinois; his parents were Bernard E. and Elzena
7 Fordyce McGuan; he attended St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois,
8 as a boarding student until his graduation in 1962; and
9     WHEREAS, After graduation, he returned to Morris to work on
10 the family farm and was also employed at the Caterpillar
11 Tractor Company in Joliet; and
12     WHEREAS, In June of 1963, Joseph McGuan enlisted in the
13 United States Marine Corps under the delayed entry program; he
14 reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego,
15 California in October of 1963; he graduated boot camp on
16 January 8, 1964 with Second Battalion, Platoon 281; he went on
17 to proudly serve his country in the Vietnam War; and
18     WHEREAS, After returning to the United States, Joseph
19 McGuan attended Drill Instructors School at the Marine Corps
20 Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina; he worked as a
21 drill instructor at Parris Island until his release from active
22 duty in 1967; on June 26, 1969, he received his honorable
23 discharge from the Marine Corps; and
24     WHEREAS, Joseph McGuan returned to work on the family farm,
25 and completed his apprenticeship with the International Union
26 of Operating Engineers; and
27     WHEREAS, Joseph McGuan was a lifetime member of the
28 Immaculate Conception Church in Morris, and he worked as a
29 volunteer coach for the Catholic Youth Football team of



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1 Immaculate Conception School from 1977 to 1983; and
2     WHEREAS, In 1992, while working at the Chrysler Plant in
3 Belvidere, he met a Marine who introduced him to the Marine
4 Corps League; he decided to see if there was enough interest in
5 forming a detachment of the Marine Corps League in DeKalb
6 County; and
7     WHEREAS, He contacted Marines throughout the county and
8 held several meetings before the DeKalb County Marines
9 Detachment #847-Marine Corps League received their charter in
10 April of 1993; he was a life member of the Marine Corps League
11 and the DeKalb County Chapter of VietNow; he was a member of
12 the Military Order of Devil Dogs, the Catholic War Veterans,
13 the Third Marine Division Association, the Northern Illinois
14 Veterans Activities Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars
15 Post #8387, and the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vigil
16 Committee (Springfield); he had served as the Chairman of the
17 Department of Illinois POW/MIA Committee and the Chairman of
18 the National POW/MIA Committee; and
19     WHEREAS, Joseph McGuan was the loving husband of Renee and
20 the loving father of Jeff and Shawn; therefore, be it
22 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
23 his family, friends, and fellow Marines, the passing of Joseph
24 B. McGuan; and be it further
25     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
26 presented to the family of Joseph McGuan.