Ernest "Ernie" Felix McGuire passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Arlington, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimers. Ernie was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Oklahoma City to James "Harry" and Elizabeth "Betty' McGuire. He was raised in Oklahoma City while spending his summers in Hydro on the family farm. Ernie graduated from Catholic High School (McGuinness) and while there, he excelled in athletics. He was noted as scoring the first touchdown for Catholic High and for scoring more points in basketball at that time. He then went on to receive a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oklahoma. After finishing school he moved to Ada, where he raised a family while building a career as a custom home builder. He moved to Arlington, Texas, in the early '80s, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Ernie will be remembered for his love of life, exuberance for dance and being the life of the party. He enjoyed gardening, camping, sports and attending all of his children's many activities.
Ernie is survived by his children, Michele Sutton and her husband, Chris, Susan McGuire, Dawn Jones and Corey McGuire; as well as grandchildren, Amanda Centeno, Sarah Jones and Dax Jones; along with great-grandchildren, Collier and Lillie; his older brother, Jim McGuire of Pawhuska; Ernie's dearest friend, Mitzie Hall; and his extended family, Greg, Lisa, Brenda, Cindy, Cathy and numerous nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
The family would like to extend their appreciation for the support and friendship of his lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Clara Ann Muglia and Sister Mary Mark McGuire; and his brother, Patrick McGuire.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Dr. in Oklahoma City. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Published on November 22, 2016