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George C. McDanel Jr., 74, of Rosewood Heights, IL died on November 19, 2020 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, IL.  He was born on February 11, 1946 in Alton, IL to George, Sr and Helen (McCuen) McDanel.  George married Karen R. Coombs in Alton, IL on November 29, 1969.

The U.S. Navy veteran served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Seabee..

George worked 30 years at the Shell Oil Refinery as a pipefitter. He was also on the Shell Fire Department, the last 4 1/2 years as Ops Chief. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Rosewood Heights Fire Department for 22 years — 17 of them as a captain. He spent 38 years in Boy Scouts serving from Scoutmaster to Council Vice President of Camps and Programs. He was a Vice President of Pipefitters Local 555 in East Alton.

Besides his wife, George is survived by 2 sons:  George C. McDanel III of Bethalto, IL and Gregory McDanel of Naperville, IL; 6 grandchildren:  Lindsey, Logan, Maggie, Charlie, Gavin and Emma and a sister, Penny Corona.

George is preceded in death by his parents.

Due to Covid 19 restriction private services will be held Monday, November 23, 2020.  Professional services entrusted to the care of Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights, IL.  Online guestbook and obituary available at

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