Former Juneau resident Floyd Austin McGonegal died peacefully Oct. 27, 2009, in Portland, Ore., after having suffered a long illness. He was 92.
He was born Feb. 19, 1917, in Red Lodge, Mont., to Austin Henry and Jane Madison McGonegal. He married Vivian Malcolm on Sept. 6, 1939. The couple lived in Montana and moved to Alaska in 1968.
When they retired, they lived the "snowbird" dream of wintering in Arizona and spending the summers in Montana and Washington. Later the couple moved to Portland, where they could be near their only daughter and main caregiver, Susan.
Vivian and Floyd were married for 69 years and celebrated their 60th anniversary with friends and family. Together, the couple made a wonderful team, whose laughter, numerous stories, and friendship are treasured by everyone who knew them, family said.
He was preceded in death by his wife in February 2009; first son, Michael McGonegal; grandson, Tim McGonegal; and parents and siblings.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan McGonegal; younger son, Kelly McGonegal and wife, Debbie; daughter-in-law, Claudia Peterson; grandchildren, Jim McGonegal, Wendy Boston, Melody McGonegal, Scott McGonegal, Patrick McGonegal, Matthew King, Ellie McGonegal, Rhonda McGonegal, Jamie Matheson, Ryan McGonegal and Michael McGonegal; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their families.
There will be a memorial service for Floyd and Vivian McGonegal in Livingston, Mont., in the summer of 2010. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's research facility of your choice.