MACOMB - Commander H.D. " Hap" Miner, 93, of Macomb passed away at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
He was a local retired businessman in Macomb.
Hap was born on April 30, 1920, in Vermont, Ill. He was the son of Ada Harmon and Henry Earl "Buck" Miner. He moved to Macomb in 1929 and lived with his aunt, Cordelia Grewell Ruthe, at 420 E. Jackson St., Macomb. He received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1941 and was a math teacher at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Ill., until he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in June of 1942.
He received his commission as ensign in March of 1943 and was assigned to the Pacific Theatre for further duty. He spent three years in the Pacific before being placed on inactive duty. Later, he joined the reserve unit in Peoria, Ill., and ended his military career with 16 years of duty (active and reserves) while obtaining the rank of full commander in 1962.
Hap worked for the Macomb Dairy and Young and Newland's while in college. After the service, he worked for the Macomb Steel Products Factory in Macomb as a cost accountant. He worked as an office manager for Brown Lynch Scott & Co., C.P.A. In 1967, he was hired by the Internal Revenue Service and was assigned to the Macomb Office. Hap received his enrolled agent status in 1968 and was able to practice before the IRS to represent clients with tax problems. Hap resigned in November of 1972 and opened his own accounting office, Miner and Associates, later Miner-Oliver & Associates. He enjoyed 22 years before selling the business.
On March 31, 1946, he married Margaret V. Boyle, daughter of Vera Grace Broadhead and Barton F. Boyle, in Macomb. Together, they had three children, Diane (Bob) Hammon of Sycamore, Ill., Lin Stults of Macomb and Jim (Suzi) Miner of Macomb. Hap is also survived by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Foreman of Watseka, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Hap was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margaret V. Miner; his parents; brothers, Anthony and Rodney Miner; sisters, Frances, Sybil and Betty; and two sons-in-law, Rex D. Renner and Rich Stults.
Hap was a 50-year-plus member of the Macomb Elks. He joined the Rotary Club of Macomb in 1968, where he served many years as treasurer, and as president from 1995 to 1996. He was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 1984. He served eight years as director of the Independent Accountants of Illinois and was a member for over 45 years. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, the Macomb Country Club, Macomb American Legion and The Community Chest (now the United Way).
Cremation rites have been accorded. Per Hap's request, there will be no formal funeral service, but a private family service will be held at a later date. A visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb.
Memorials may be made to WIU Radio Information Services, of which he was a subscriber, or the WIU Foundation in Memory of H.D. "Hap" Miner.
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.