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Mike McGinn

May 17, 1936 — September 19, 2021

     Michael Conway McGinn, 85, of Dunning, Nebraska, passed away on September 19, 2021.

     Mike was born on May 17, 1936, to Charley and Helen (Conway) McGinn at the family homestead west of Anselmo, Nebraska. After graduating from high school in Curtis, Nebraska, he came home to the family ranch where he spent his entire life as a rancher.

     In 1956 he married Patti Iverson in Anselmo, Nebraska. After marriage, they moved to the McGinn Ranch south of Dunning. They raised two children, Laron McGinn of Dunning, and Karyn Seeley of Halsey.

     Mike’s passion for ranching and flying spanned his entire life. He loved traveling the country with his family, visiting all 50 US states and Europe.  He also enjoyed many trips with in-laws, Jim and Colleen Higgins, and Sue and Dick Clark.

     Over the years, Mike welcomed hundreds of visitors to the ranch.  He was always proud to show off the Sandhills and loved giving guests their first airplane ride. Mike was an avid chronicler of precipitation. He was known for his unique wit, a sly smile, strong faith, and his common decency.

     Mike had great compassion for the cattle and horses that spent their lives on the ranch, and he loved his dachshunds, Dope, Puddles, Poo, and Pixley.  In addition, he raised an impressive herd of damn barn cats.

     After the death of Patti in 1980, he married Jan Featherston in 1987.  Jerri Edelman came to live with Mike and Jan in 1990 and became a cherished sibling of the McGinn family.

     Mike was preceded in death by parents Charley and Helen, wives Patti and Jan, stepson Craig Harris, and numerous close Sandhills friends.

     He is survived by brother Butch (Shirley) McGinn, son Laron McGinn, daughter Karyn (John) Seeley, Jerri (Michael Zadiek) Edelman, grandchildren Jake (Megan) Seeley, Jess (Anna) Seeley, Cole (Jonnie) Seeley, eight great grandkids, and Jan’s children Valerie Harris, Julie (Bob) Long, Michael McCamley, Cindy (Wayne) Harris-Fuhrer, plus numerous nieces, and nephews.

     The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care he received at Brookestone View in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

     Funeral services will be Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 10:30 am at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE with Father Neal Nollette officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Anselm’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Anselm’s Catholic Church or St. Anselm’s Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will take place Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, and 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE. Rosary at 7:00 pm. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at

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