Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
William McKinley Jr.

   William McKinley Magda Jr., 67, of Gladwin passed away at Hurley Medical Center in Flint Jan. 31, 2008 following a short illness.

   He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on April 22, 1940 to William and Marie (Webster) Magda Sr. He was employed in sales at Ace Hardware of Gladwin, retiring in 2002.

   He served his country with the United States Marine Corp.

   He had lived in Gladwin County for 15 years, previously residing in Washington state.

   William married Lydia McDaniel Nov. 12, 1977 in Washington state.

   He is survived by his wife, Lydia Magda of Gladwin; two sons, Craig Magda and Tony Magda, both of Arizona; one daughter, Chris Magda of Washington; and three grandchildren, Britney, Tara and Tan. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Arrangements were made by Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home in Gladwin.


   We were soldiers once – and young. All different, from places so far flung. We were thrown together not by choice – but by politicians, our so called voice.

   This war was theirs – but came to us – like an unexpected saber’s thrust. We killed and died – what a terrible shame. And on our shoulders they lay the blame.

   Black, white and brown – we wore this crown – we’ve worn it through our own home town. But we alone know in our hearts – we had no choice but to play our parts.

   Together we stood – as one we fell, but we loved each other through this bloody hell.

   Some thought us smart – some thought us dunce, but one and all we were soldiers once and young.

   By Bill Magda 1994.

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U.S. Marine Corp.
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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