Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory

2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR


Phone: 479-855-1611

John Magie

Bella Vista, AR

1942 - 2013

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Published: February 12, 2013

John Magie, 70, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice, Legacy Village, Bentonville, Ark. He was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Albia, Iowa, to W.A. and Kathryn Godfrey Magie. He was the third of six children.

He attended Albia schools and graduated class of 1960; he received a bachelor of science in education from what was then KSTC in Missouri. He then taught history at Penney High School, Hamilton, Mo. In 1967, he became a salesman for a large drug company, and in 1973 went to work for an orthopedic surgical manufacturer. He founded Diamed Corp. in 1975 and successfully operated it until he retired in 1999.

He was married Dec. 28, 1983, to Diane Stevens in Little Rock, Ark. He and Diane lived in several places during their marriage, Little Rock, Kansas City area, Jacksonville, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Hot Springs, Ark., and finally Bella Vista.

They enjoyed traveling and working in the health care industry. Diane is a physical therapist. They loved and lived a wonderful life together.

John was an outdoorsman enjoying hunting and almost anything outside. He enjoyed watching sports and was a Razorback fan, as well as a Chiefs' fan. He was an avid golfer and played the game for over 50 years. He was a past member of BPOE, Lion's Club and BSA. He coached Little League ballgames for his sons.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; and son, John Michael (Guytre) Magie, and granddaughter, Maya Claire Magie of Leawood, Kan.; his brothers, George (Joan) Magie of Rogers, Ark., Bill (Francis) Magie of Polk City, Iowa; his sisters, Kay (Jim) Bowden of Peotone, Ill., and Mary Ann (George) Reade of Midvale, Utah; two sisters-in-law, Margaret (Jim) Dismore and Barbara (Edward) Halk; one brother-in-law, Gary Stevens; as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Bill; as well as his brother, Dick.

His body was cremated and the ashes will be interred later at his gravesite directly behind his boyhood home at Oakview Cemetery in Albia, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at Bella Vista Christian Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army or Circle of Life Hospice.

Online condolences may be made at

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