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Edward Miner

1927 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Edward Miner Obituary
Edward N. Miner, passed away Saturday, December 21, while taking an afternoon nap. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in September. Ed was born May 31, 1927 in Cicero, Illinois to Nimrod and Batishwa Miner, Assyrian immigrants from Ada in northwestern Iran. He was their third child of five. As a child Eddy always assumed that the flags and parades on May 31 were in honor of his birthday. Immediately after graduating from J. Sterling Morton High School, where he was an accomplished gymnast and mechanic, he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to the Pacific, but WW II ended just before he got there. He came back home and enrolled in the University of Illinois under the GI Bill, and completed a Bachelors of Engineering. After returning home from college he continued practicing gymnastics with his Czech friends at the Sokol, where he met Norma Barr (Muggins); they were the only two non-Czechs in this gymnastic group, and they fell very much in love. They were married at Berwyn United Lutheran Church on May 14, 1955. They had two sons, Ed and David, and a daughter, Laura, who sadly died of leukemia when she was 4 years old. Ed and Norma remained happily married for nearly 50 years, until Norma passed away in 2003. Ed worked for a number of manufacturing companies in the Chicago area, including Flick-Reedy, Johnson & Johnson, Solo Cup, and Mystic Tape. All along the way he and Muggins made lifelong friends, and Ed gained position and responsibility in manufacturing management. In 1972 he took a job with McGaw Labs in Irvine California, so Ed and Muggins and their sons moved to Tustin, California, where he ran their IV manufacturing operations. This is where Ed did the great work of his lifetime, including an award for "Manager of the Year" from the Orange County Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management in 1976. Again, he formed many great friendships in his work, and also playing tennis at the Tustin Hills Racquet Club. A transfer at work took Ed and Norma to Newhall (now Santa Clarita) in northern LA County, where he soon retired, but not for long. He was hired to go to Boston as President of Polyken where he worked for another five years, after which he retired for good. Ed and Norma moved to St. Helena, CA in the mid 90's to be close to his younger brother Bob and sisters Florence and Gloria, and both sons who had all since moved to the greater Bay Area. They joined the local tennis scene at Meadowood and became involved in numerous community organizations including the Lincoln Theater, Grace Episcopal Church and others. Ed was always active, productive, and generous. His circle of friends and colleagues accumulated through each phase of his life, but still included good friends going back even to his high school years. The love and support of a great many people from every era of his life was remarkable during the last few difficult months. The love he gave has been returned beautifully and overwhelmingly as his life finished. Our family also want to thank the Redwood Regional Medical Group, and Queen of the Valley Medical Center for their kind and excellent care during his illness. Ed is survived by his older sister Gloria of Tiburon, California, younger brother Bill of Park Ridge, Illinois, sons Edward of Los Altos, California, David of Angwin, California, four grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins and their families. And of course Tyler, the golden-hearted retriever. A memorial will be held on Sunday February 16 at Miner Family Winery 7850 Silverado Trail, Oakville, CA, from 2-5pm. Donations in Ed's honor can be made to; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310 White Plains, NY 10605 Leukemia Research Foundation 3520 Lake Ave., Ste 202 Wilmette, IL 60091 Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation 333 E 38th Street, Suite 830 New York, NY 10016
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 24, 2014
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