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Patrick Edward Magginis


Patrick "Pat" Edward Maginnis,

52, of Grand Island, NE

went home to God Tuesday, August

20, 2013, at the University

of Nebraska Medical Center in

Omaha, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial

will be held on Friday, August

23rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s

Catholic Church. The Reverend

Charles Torpey will be officiating.

Visitation will be from 5

to 7 p.m Thursday at St. Leo’s

Catholic Church with a Rosary

at 7 p.m. Interment will be at

Westlawn Memorial Park. Apfel

Funeral Home is in charge of


Pat was born February 20,

1961, at Kimball, NE to Ed and

Marilyn (Garrard) Maginnis.

Survivors include his wife Susan

of 11 years; two step-sons,

Jereme and Shankari Haack of

West Richland, WA, Jon and

Clinet Haack of Grand Island,

NE; two step-daughters, Amber

Haack of Omaha, NE, Danielle

and Eric Noll of Winchester, KS;

parents, Ed and Marilyn Maginnis

of Kimball, NE; one brother

and sister in-law, Mike and Anne

Maginnis of Grand Island, NE;

two sisters and brothers-in-law,

Pam and Wally Birdwell of

Kearney, NE and Pennie and

Todd Morgan of Grand Island,

NE. Other survivors include: 6

grandkids, 13 nieces and nephews

and 10 great nieces and


Pat grew up in Kimball, Nebraska

and graduated in 1979. He

attended University of Nebraska

Lincoln and graduated with a

Bachelors degree in Business

Administration and Business

Education. He was a member of

Sigma Phi Epsilon where he met

many of his lifetime friends.

After college he moved to

Chugwater, Wyoming where

he taught business classes and

coached basketball for two

years. Pat’s teaching claim to

fame was “showing his students

you can cash a check written on

the side of a pig.”

He moved to Simi Valley, California

where he was a business

administrator of a newly formed

HMO medical group. While he

enjoyed his time in sunny California,

he missed his family and

the “Good Life” of Nebraska so

he moved to Grand Island, Nebraska

in 1989.

Pat went to work for Blue

Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska

as the Professional and Provider

Relations Representative

for central Nebraska for almost

20 years.

Pat married Susan (Traudt)

Haack on July 3, 2002, in Las

Vegas, Nevada.

Pat enjoyed spending time

with his family and friends. Nebraska

football was one of his

favorite activities along with

fishing, hunting, and camping.

He was a very social person and

would rarely turn down a good

conversation with anyone. He

enjoyed doing woodworking

projects and sharing those projects

with others. There are many

kids in his neighborhood with

homemade bats. His friends

say “Pat had a heart of gold.”

He was a person that would do

anything for anyone and will be

sadly missed by all who came in

contact with him. His favorite

quote was “All I need is a kind

word and a smile.”

He was a member of St. Leo’s

Catholic Church, Elks Club and

Third City Sertoma.

Rest in peace Pat. We love

you to the “Moon and back!”

In lieu of flowers, memorials

are suggested to the family.

Online condolences may be

directed to the family at www.



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