Darrell Dean McGinnis

Darrell Dean McGinnis, 87, Hays, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Via Christi, Hays.

He was born Sept. 23, 1932, west of Esbon in Jewell County, to Ivan and Frances Lorence.

He married Grace Staab on Aug. 20, 1960, in Hays. They celebrated 60 years of marriage just four days before his passing.

He was a 1950 graduate in Jewell County and a 1960 graduate of Fort Hays College with a fine arts degree in ceramics. He spent the next 30 years teaching ceramics at Fort Hays State University, before retiring in 1994. He created sculptures in an abstract expressionist style, using combinations of simple forms and natural textures, where the clayness of the object was always evident. He showed his work in many exhibits throughout the Midwest and Rockies. He was a U.S Navy veteran and served in San Diego from 1952 to 1956.

Always the defender of the arts he was one of the founders of the first city arts councils in the country and worked tirelessly while dragging his children along to develop the Hays Arts Council. This included the council's decision to buy the old Hays Daily News building on East 11th Street and convert it into an arts center. In order to raise money he was heavily involved in the fundraisers of haunted houses that were created in the building before it was transformed into the gallery and shops it is now known for.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; three sons, Collin and wife, Maria, Maize, Sean and his husband, Stéphane Lescoules, Paris, France and Patrick and wife, Penny, Hays a daughter, Erin Hughes and husband, David, Hays; 12 grandchildren, Martin, Megan, Jeremy, Jessica, Hannah, Anthony, Shelby, Sydney, Emily, Josh, Aubrey, and Andrew; and six great-grandchildren, John, Ada, Ally, Evelyn, Lincoln, and Liam.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Don and Larry; and a son, Martin.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a combined rosary/vigil at 7 p.m. all at the church.

Due to the corona virus if you have a cough, fever or are not feeling well, please use our e-mail or on line guestbook.  Social distancing and wearing masks will be required at the visitation and are suggested at the funeral service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Darrell and Grace McGinnis Memorial Scholarship at FHSU.

Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com

Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Published on September 02, 2020