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COUNCIL BLUFFS Longtime Council Bluffs attorney Joseph McGinn, 87, died Wednesday at the Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs, where he had been in hospice care for a brief period.
McGinn was a Council Bluffs native and lifelong resident. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
After graduating from St. Francis Catholic High School in Council Bluffs, he enrolled at Creighton University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1952 before joining the Army. After his discharge in 1954, he enrolled at the Creighton University School of Law.
When he received his juris doctor in 1957, he joined the law firm of his father, Albert McGinn, specializing in wills and estates, real estate and tax law. He later took over the practice with brother Ed McGinn. Joseph McGinn retired last year after 59 years there.
“I’m very grateful for my God;
my parents; my wonderful wife, Mary Lou; our eight children; and our nine grandchildren,” he said at his retirement party. “I’ve been blessed. Life has been very good to me.”
He had served as president of the Pottawattamie County Bar Association, the St. Albert Catholic Schools Education Foundation and the Council Bluffs Area Catholic Education System.
He was a recipient of the St. Albert Freddy Falcon Award and a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Southwest Iowa Advisory Council, and he was active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus.
Jon Narmi, who served with McGinn on a number of boards, including the St. Albert school and foundation boards, said McGinn was “a very honorable man.”