Bob McGuigan

Robert F. “Bob” McGuigan, 89, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. A Mass of Christian burial is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Patrick Reilley will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Arkansas City’s Sacred Heart School. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at

Bob was born June 18, 1929, in Ponca City, Okla., the second of five children, to Frank and Eleanor (Koob) McGuigan. Bob attended Arkansas City High School, Class of 1947, entering the Air Force in December 1946, at the age of 17.

Bob married Madge Coggins on Nov. 12, 1951, in Arkansas City. He worked his entire career in the meat packing industry. He started on the loading dock with Mauer Neuer. His personality soon led to a move to sales, which resulted in relocation to Oklahoma City, back to Arkansas City and for 30 years to Tulsa, Okla., from which he retired. While in Arkansas City, Madge worked for the Union State Bank from the mid-1960s until their move to Tulsa in 1974. Madge and Bob moved back to Arkansas City in 2004, where they were active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Bob’s customers knew they could count on him to be honest and genuine. When living in Tulsa, he would travel past his company’s office in Oklahoma City on a four-hour trip to Altus, Okla., because the customer there would buy from his company only if he was their contact. Bob was fun-loving and quick-witted. He really enjoyed people and was fond of practical jokes and pranks. His friends and family also knew Bob to be very compassionate and generous. It was hard to get the check if you went out to eat with him.

Bob was very attentive to his family. He loved to golf, going to OU football games and travel. He and the love of his life, Madge, made many trips inside and outside the U.S. They often traveled to Norman, Okla., in the fall to watch OU football games and went to many OU bowl games. At one point years ago, Bob organized group trips from Ark City to Norman for OU games. Bob enjoyed socializing. The McGuigan home was often full of family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Madge, in 2017; his parents; and three siblings.

Bob is survived by his children, Tim McGuigan, of Arkansas City, Sharon (Randy) Moore, of Shawnee, and Mark (Kelly) McGuigan, of Arkansas City; brother, Bill McGuigan, of Eugene, Ore.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.