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Dan A. Minnick, son of Lee & Iva (Main) Minnick, was born at home, southwest of Diagonal, Iowa, on November 11, 1942. Dan attended and graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1963. Dan answered the call of the draft board and entered the US Army on April 22, 1964. He served his country and was honorably discharged on April 21, 1966.
Dan returned to Mount Ayr. On October 18, 1968, he was united in marriage to Mindy Johnson. They were blessed with one daughter, Lori.
Dan worked as a mechanic at Bill's Garage before embarking on a 26-year career with the local telephone company as a lineman. The telephone company grew and expanded over the years and Dan retired from Iowa Telecom. In addition, Dan was the film projector operator at the Princess Theater for several years. Dan was a past member of the Ringgold County Sheriff's Posse. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an accomplished wood-worker and made numerous items for family and friends, including but not limited to, furniture, cradles, high chairs and beds. Dan also raised rabbits and fed cattle in earlier years. His favorite activity was following his daughter and granddaughter. Dan will always be Allison's biggest fan and together with Mindy, they followed her many activities.
Dan passed away on April 29, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law Richard Johnson; and siblings Victor Lowell, James Edward, Phyllis June, Lellan J (Jack), Lena Ailene, Carolyn Jean, Jesse Alan, and Merritt O.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Mindy Minnick of Mount Ayr; daughter Lori (Jim) Norris and granddaughter Allison Norris, all of Diagonal; mother-in-law Shirley Johnson of Mount Ayr; sister Geneva Scott of Marceline, Missouri; sisters-in-law Lori Hendricks Minnick of Fortuna, CA and Stevie Sue Johnson of Des Moines, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Services: 10:30 am - Friday, May 4, 2018 at Armstrong Funeral Home-Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thurs, May 3 at Armstrong Funeral Home
Military Honors:Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr, Iowa
Memorials: In his name to be decided later
Mindy and family, I was saddened upon learning about Dan Passing away. I have memories of working with Dan in the hay fields and putting up hay for various farmers around Mt. Ayr. Dan's sister, Geneva was a classmate of mine, and your brother, Mike was one of my friends in high school. May God look after you and your family.
Robert Pence May 3 2018 12:00 AM
Mindy, Lori & family, so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I am so glad he was able to attend our 50th Class Reunion five years ago. Enjoyed chatting with him as it had been a long time since I had seen him. We will be thinking of you all as we meet again this July. Prayers for you all!
Donna Hartman Jones May 3 2018 12:00 AM
Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Ed and Colleen Minnick May 2 2018 12:00 AM
Mindy, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. I haven't seen you since you left Pamida or Shopco. I will be thinking and praying for you. So glad you have a daughter and granddaughter as that will help you. Let God help you through this as I know without God I don't know what I would have done when I lost Ted. I am so sorry for you. Barbara. If you need someone to talk to just call.
Barbara (Kibbe) Foland May 2 2018 12:00 AM
I have many great memories of spending the night with Lori and hanging out with Dan & Mindy. I have always been amazed by the beautiful things he could make.
Madonna Ritter May 2 2018 12:00 AM
My heart is heavy. Dan, you will be missed!
Glenna Monk May 1 2018 12:00 AM