Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

April 2, 2013

Don E. Minard

Feb. 1, 1924-April 1, 2013

GOSHEN — Don E. Minard, 89, died in his home Monday morning after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 1, 1924 in Nappanee, to Fred M. and Della (Norris) Minard.

On Dec. 11, 1942, he married Phyllis J. Sailor who died on June 22, 1995.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Max (Sarah) Minard and sisters, Edna (Steve) Stuckman, Helen (Howard) Snoke, Wanda (Les) Field and Donnabelle (Everette) Stouder.

He is survived by a daughter, Cheri (Jim) Miller, Goshen; a grandson, Barry (Lisa) Ryan, Oviedo, Fla.; two great-grandsons, Robert Shayne (Cassie) Ryan and Kristopher Ryan, Oviedo, Fla.; and his longtime companion, Carol Stose, Goshen.

Don moved from Nappanee to Goshen when he was in junior high school and worked at Maple City Ice Cream. He graduated from Goshen High in 1942. He joined the Army and served during World War II as a Forward Observer with the 75th Infantry Division. Don served in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany and received the Bronze Star for his meritorious service throughout various campaigns.

After the service, Don was in retail sales with Kohler and Champion Men’s Wear until it closed. He also worked at Noble Shoe Store and Montgomery Ward, both downtown Goshen, and then at the Concord Mall. He worked at Southside Heating and AC for four years, retiring in 1981.

Don was a life member of VFW Post 985, American Legion Post 30, DAV 15 and the Goshen Elks. He was an avid card player, loved a good story and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Goshen Home Care and Hospice, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46526 or the VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike St., Goshen, IN 46528.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will follow a military graveside service at Violett Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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