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Allan Duane "Doc" McGinnis


March 23, 2022

Allan Duane "Doc" McGinnis

Allan Duane McGinnis, "Doc," 73, of Sparta, WI, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022, at his home in rural Sparta. WI. Doc was born July 18, 1948, to Ronald and Norma (Hanson) McGinnis, in Vernon County, WI. He married his best friend, Diane Dockerty on January 18, 1969, in Sparta.

Doc worked for the Sparta School District for over 15 years driving school bus. He took great pride in his job with the children. Every Christmas he would dress up like Santa telling the children he needed the school bus because his sleigh was full. He also worked for many years at Fort McCoy.

Doc was a true family man who lived and loved all McGinnis gatherings. Planning the annual camping trips at Fort McCoy along with as much fishing that he could do with his family were a few of his favorite things. Doc was happiest in the outdoors where he enjoyed sitting by the fire shooting the breeze with family and friends. He had a wonderful big smile, genuine hearty laugh and was known coast to coast for giving the BEST hugs. He was a salt-of-the-earth wonderful dad, grandpa, brother, and friend.

Doc is survived by his children Gerald (Bev) McGinnis, Anna Schwendner, Kathy McGinnis, Jeffrey (Charla) McGinnis, David (Candy) McGinnis, and Tonya (Jan Jr.) Shaw; siblings Roger (Judy) McGinnis, Leona (Edward) Tesar, Ronald (Joan) McGinnis, Scott McGinnis and Ronda (Dan) Kuecker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis (Patty) Dockerty, Janette Dockerty and Tracy Dockerty; 20 adoring grandchildren, 27 (+one on the way) great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson; along with a lot of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Norma McGinnis; wife, Diane in 2012; daughter Kristine McGinnis; two grandson's Robert Schwendner and Bryson Shaw; sister Margaret Gregory; in-laws, Orlyn and Charlene Dockerty; and brother-in-law Richard Dockerty.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at the Ambassador Baptist Church, HWY 16 east of Sparta. Pastor Clyde Ewers will officiate. Burial will follow in Farmer's Valley Cemetery outside of Sparta on HWY 71. Family and friends are invited for visitation Friday, March 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home, Sparta. Visitation will also be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Family has asked that memorials be given in Doc's name in lieu of flowers.

The Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at


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