Michael S. M'Gillycuddy, 85, died April 21, 2007 at the RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born on May 1, 1921 in Chadron, Neb., to Della and George M'Gillycuddy. He was raised in Rapid City, S.D. until age 12, when his family moved to Winslow. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1939. He attended South Dakota School of Mines, majoring in engineering.
In 1943, Mr. M'Gillycuddy entered the Army Air Force, completing officer training and pilot training at Kirkland Field in Arizona. During World War II, he flew missions on the Pacific front in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands, Formosa and China. When the war ended, he transferred from regular service to the Air Force Reserve, where he served as an officer until 1965, attaining the rank of captain.
The first 13 years of his civilian career were spent in oil exploration in California, Texas and New Mexico. In 1958, he joined Martin Marietta Missile Company in Denver, Colo. and 10 years later took a management position at Coors Brewery in Golden, Colo. He retired from Coors in 1985. Upon retirement, Mike and his wife, Geri, moved to Payson.
While living in Colorado, Mr. M'Gillycuddy served as a member of the Jefferson County Planning Commission. After moving to Payson, he was appointed to the Payson Town Planning Commission. He was a member of the Payson Elks Lodge, a post commander in the V.F.W., a member of the American Legion Post 0069 and, for 55 years, was a Master Mason in the Kermit, Texas Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Lawrence Perry of Little Shasta, Calif.
Mr. M'Gillycuddy was preceded in death by Lois M'Gillycuddy, his wife of 39 years; his grandson, Ryan Michael Perry; and by Geri M'Gillycuddy, his wife of 20 years.
He will be buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.