John Charles Ginalick, 81, of Edwardsville died on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family.
A graveside service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Ill., with Father Steve Janoski officiating. Burial will follow service. Richeson Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on March 23, 1934, in Summit, Ill., to John and Wilda M. (Smiddy) Ginalick. He married Elaine Mical on July 25, 1964 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Summit, Ill. She survives.
Mr. Ginalick attended Argo High School, where he was a South Suburban All-Star second baseman. He then went to Western Illinois University in Macomb, graduating with a B.S. in business education.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army. He had two years of active duty in Germany, and six years of inactive duty. He achieved an SP3 rank.
After the Army, he worked for Continental Insurance in Chicago. He then went on to be a school teacher at Bedford Park for 10 years. He also was recreational director of Bedford Park District. He sat on the executive board of Jane Adams Hull House in Chicago and was past president of the Des Plaines Valley Center.
After teaching at Bedford Park, he went on to teach at Lewis and Clark Junior High School in Wood River for another 30 years, where he also coached basketball and track. After retiring from teaching in 1998, he was employed part time at Hortica Insurance in Edwardsville.
Mr. Ginalick sat on the Bond-Madison Water Co. board as secretary. He was fourth degree Mason at the Argo-Summit, Ill., lodge.
He had the gift of gab and never met a stranger. He loved, and was loved by, his family.
Surviving are his sons, Gregg (Donna) Ginalick of Lexington, Ky., and Glenn (Angela) Ginalick of Monticello, Ill.; grandchildren, Alexis, Benjamin, Grant and Dylan Ginalick; brothers, William (Lynn) Ginalick of St. Louis, Mo., and James (Linda) Ginalick of Glen Carbon; a sister-in-law, Andrea (Thomas) Michalik; brothers-in-law, Robert (Judy) and Lawrence (Katherine); and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St Louis, MO 63131.