The McGary family has a long tradition of citizenship and service to St. Louis Park.

Omar R. McGary and wife Clara (Bett?) lived at 4220 Brookside Avenue, at least from 1930-1964 (it could have been as early as 1924, when they moved to the Park). Omar R. was many things: he built houses at 4221 Alabama in 1927 and 4227 Alabama in 1949 – from a kit. He was a self-taught veterinarian and farmer, and he drove a truck for the Village. At the end of his life he moved to Nebraska.

Children of Omar R. and Clara McGary:

Son Omar L. McGary was born on October 20, 1914 and moved to St. Louis Park with his family in 1924. He married wife Ethel on January 11, 1942. Ethel was born on September 15, 1919, and died on December 18, 1992. They had a daughter Karen. The family lived at 5901 Cambridge Ave. from 1949 to 1972. Omar L. joined the St. Louis Park Fire Department in 1947, and served as Chief from 1969 to 1979. He retired on October 19, 1979. He died on February 3, 2001.

Eugene L. McGary and wife Carol had three children: Timothy, Gena, David. The lived at 2932 Georgia in 1962, and 2585 Quebec from 1972-74. Eugene served on the St. Louis Park Fire Department for 22 years. Eugene died suddenly on June 22, 1974 at the age of 45.

Ray McGary’s son Lloyd was distinguished as the Police Chief in Edina. He lived at 5727 W. 36th St. from 1938 to 1951

There was also a Harley H. McGary, who may have been a brother of Omar R. He and his wife Alice lived at 4216 Brookside from 1933-42. In 1949 they lived at 3821 Brunswick.