Marvin L.H. 'Mac' McNally
Funeral for retired Master Sgt. Marvin L.H. "Mac" McNally, 87, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church in Lawton with the Rev. Dr. Bill Schneider, pastor, officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Post Cemetery at Fort Sill under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home. A reception at St. John Lutheran Church will follow the committal service at Post cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Marvin McNally's life.
Retired Master Sgt. Marvin L.H. "Mac" McNally passed away July 6, 2018, in Lawton. He was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Fairfax to James Warren and Jesse Geneva McCray McNally. He graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1950. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in the 45th Division in Korea from 1950-52, then was stationed at Fort Sill. After receiving orders for Germany, Mr. McNally married the love of his life, Eva Bernice Wilcox, on Oct. 16, 1954, in Enid. He departed for Germany shortly after, with his bride later joining him in May 1955. While in Germany, he served with the 24th division.
He was later stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash., with the 30th FA Battalion, then stationed in Munich, Germany, before returning back to Fort Sill. Mr. McNally received orders for Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division. During his enlistment in the Army, he also served with the Big Red 1 Division. He returned to Fort Sill Artillery Base a year later, and he retired from the military in August 1972. During his time in service, he was awarded the Bronze star, three Army commendation medals, three Good Conduct medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service medal and the Vietnam Campaign medal.
He later attended Cameron University, and in just three years, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1975. He taught at Washington Elementary in Lawton, where he taught physical education and fourth grade and was known as "Mr. Marvelous" by his students until his retirement in 1995.
He and his wife, Eva, of 53 years loved to travel and spent many years traveling all over the United States. He also loved spending time with his many grandchildren and especially enjoyed attending their many ball games and swim meets. Mr. McNally was an avid golfer and die hard OU Sooner fan.
Mr. McNally is survived by his four children: son, Douglas M. McNally, and wife, Janet, of Lawton; daughter, Deborah Denise McNally, and husband, Glenn Frazier, of Lawton and Sour Lake, Texas; daughter, Deena Renee' (McNally) Lorett, and husband, retired Staff Sgt. Karl Lorett of Kildare; and son, David Phillip James McNally, of Chattanooga; younger brother, David Clifton, and Ginger McNally of Ardmore and sister-in-law, Darlene McNally of Gainesville, Texas, daughter-in-law, Sara Collins-McNally; 21 grandchildren: Kathleen, Elisabeth, Bruce, Heather, Kim, Justin, Heather, Evan, Meagan, W.T., Danaon, Lanaia, Analani, Haley, Steven, Korben, Hailey, Hermoinee, Saxxon, Cynthia (C. J.) and Dalton; and nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Mr. McNally was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eva Bernice (Wilcox) McNally, of Lawton; his father, James Warren McNally, of Lawton; his mother, Jessie Geneva McCray, of Enid; infant sister, Wilma Jean McNally, of Fairfax; and his younger brother, James Richard McNally, of Gainesville, Texas.
The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the funeral home.