LYLE EDWARD MINNICK

Lyle Edward Minnick, age 86, of Kellerton, IA, the son of Loyd Cecil and Leona May (Davenport) Minnick, was born April 17, 1934, on a farm northeast of Mount Ayr, IA. He grew up farming with his dad and brother, Richard, while attending school in Tingley, IA. There he played basketball and was on the baseball team which went to state. When Lyle was 16 years old he went to the Mount Ayr skating rink; when the whistle blew to switch partners he grabbed the hand of 14-year old Julia “Judy” Motsinger, they continued skating together for the rest of the evening. They dated for the next two years before they were married on January 23, 1953.  They were blessed with four children, Norman, Tim, Todd and Julie.
Lyle enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 and was called to active duty in 1953. He served on the U.S.S. Randolph and the U.S.S. Coral Sea. Upon his discharge in 1955, he and Judy made a home in Jacksonville, FL for three months prior to moving back to Iowa. They settled north of Kellerton on a farm where they would spend the next 57 years.
Over the years Lyle was a farmer and a truck driver and on occasion he could be found drinking coffee at the Shamrock Café. He was an active member of the Kellerton American Legion as well as Grand Master of the Kellerton Masonic Lodge. He and Judy often square danced at the Clover Leaf Hall in Mount Ayr on the weekends. His love for baseball found him on a fast pitch softball team in the 1970’s. He was in law enforcement and was a Ringgold County Deputy for 10 years prior to being elected as Ringgold County Sheriff in 1985. After 14 years he retired in 1999, when he went back to trucking and worked at the Mount Ayr Co-op during the planting seasons. He was currently near the end of his four-year term as a Ringgold County Supervisor.
After his second retirement, Lyle could be found tinkering with his tractors, mowing ditches or pushing snow. He loved to make snow mountains for the grandkids to play on. Weekends were typically spent with grandkids either on the tractors, on 4-wheelers or taking a ride in “Ole Blue”. He and Judy enjoyed camping in the motorhome and made several trips to Yuma, AZ and Colorado Springs, CO with the kids and grandkids. He and Judy also made road trips to numerous music shows throughout Iowa and Missouri along with attending numerous sporting and band activities for the grandkids. Everywhere he went everyone would comment on his “Chops” sideburns.
He and his beloved wife, Judy, both died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines, IA due to complications of Covid-19.
Survivors include his children, Norman Minnick of San Diego, CA, Tim and Kristi Minnick of Leon, IA, Todd and Loni Minnick of  Mount Ayr, IA, and Julie and Everett Parmer of Van Wert, IA; grandchildren, Annalise, Keaton, and Kole Minnick, Taran Minnick, Logan Kelley and Addison Parmer; siblings, Marilyn and Kenny Weeda of Tingley, Linda Swan of Tyler, TX, and Mary Jane Mosby of Gretna, NE; sister-in-law, Karen Minnick of Des Moines, IA; nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Judy, by four minutes; brother, Richard Minnick; and infant twin brothers in 1925.
A double memorial graveside service was held at the Benton Cemetery, Benton, IA at 11 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2020, with Pastor Terry D. Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Benton Cemetery. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, IA.
A memorial fund has been established by the Family. Donations may be mailed to Julie Parmer, PO Box 91, Van Wert, Iowa 50262.

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