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Jesse Alan Minnick, son of Lellan F. and Iva J. (Main) Minnick, was born December 9, 1937 near Delphos, Iowa. Alan grew up at Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1955. On December 18, 1956, in Kellerton, Iowa, he married Carolyn LaVon Keller in a ceremony performed by LaVon’s great-grandfather, John K. White.

Alan was a hardworking man, who was intelligent and very mechanical. Alan provided for his family and was a loving husband, dad and grandpa. He loved everything about cars and loved his cherished Ford Mustangs, even naming a couple of them! Alan was a service manager at multiple John Deere dealerships. He retired from Pella Windows at Shenandoah making custom windows.

He would bring home the scraps of wood and made several cherished cabinets for the boys and their toys. In addition to the cabinets, he made furniture, baby cradles and many other heirlooms made out of wood. He loved woodworking and his creations will be treasured by many.

Alan passed away February 4, 2013 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Iva Minnick; his beloved wife, LaVon Minnick; a son-in-law, Robert Carter, and his siblings, James Minnick, Phyllis Mercer, Ailene Mercer and Jean Reno.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Vonnie Weuve of Nevada, Iowa, Alan (Debbie) Minnick of Indianapolis, Indiana, Philip Minnick of Maywood, Missouri, Teri (Craig) Limkeman of Nevada, Iowa and Becca (Tommy) Seabolt of Warner Robins, Georgia; grandchildren, Laura (Chace) Poppe of Camas, Washington, Caitlin Minnick of Saint Louis, Missouri, Sara (Rob) Sorey of Nevada, Iowa, Cory Limkeman of Nevada, Iowa, Nicole (Orson) Lyttle of Mildenhall, England, Jamie Carter of Nevada, Iowa, Jared Carter of Warner Robins, Georgia and Jeremi Seabolt of Warner Robins, Georgia; siblings, Dan (Mindy) Minnick of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Merritt (Lori) Minnick of Fortuna, California and Geneva Scott of Marceline, Missouri; special friend, Berna Rogers of Washington; nieces; nephews; other relatives, and friends.

Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Thursday, February 7, 2013, with Rev. Mike Maddy officiating.

Musical selections were ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘It Is Well With My Soul.’

Casket bearers included Philip Minnick, Alan Minnick, Craig Limkeman, Tommy Seabolt, Jamie Carter and Cory Limkeman.

Honorary pallbearers were Orson Lyttle, Rob Sorey, Jeremi Seabolt, Jared Carter and Bob Staats.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. 

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