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Herbert Minke

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Herbert George "Bud" Jr.

Herbert George "Bud" Minke, Jr., 80, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, March 28, 2014. Bud was born on September 28, 1933 to Herbert Sr. and Caroline (Meinert) Minke.

Bud grew up in Point Place. He was a graduate of Macomber High School and attended the University of Toledo. Bud was a Korean War era veteran serving his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He married his wife of 58 years, Cleo Sperber on June 18, 1955.

Bud worked for the Bell Labs Installation Division of Western Electric (AT&T) for 42 years, retiring in July 1993. His pursuits over his lifetime included fishing, fishing rod construction, fly tying, building model radio controlled planes, cars and boats and racing outboard hydroplanes. He also enjoyed reading and traveling to spend time with his family and grandkids.

Bud was an avid fisherman and conservationist. As a 22-year member of Merickel-Farley Trout Club, he served on the club's board of trustees; and for many years as the organization's President. He was instrumental in the environmental restoration and revitalization of the club's lake and property. He received an award from the Ohio DNR for his contributions to the environment. He was also a member of the fly-fishing group, the North Branch Boys.

Bud and his wife, Cleo were active adult leaders for the Beatrice U. Owen Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls for many years and had many "adopted daughters." He was awarded the Order of Rainbow - Grand Cross of Color, the highest award given to a member or adult leader for outstanding service to the organization. He was a member of Barton Smith Masonic Lodge #613 and Palestine Chapter O.E.S #51.

Bud was privileged to be able to visit Washington, DC with a group of area veterans on a trip sponsored by Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio in June of 2012. He recently became a member of American Legion Post 646, of Holland, Ohio. Bud served on many area boards and organizations in various leadership roles over his lifetime.

Surviving are his loving wife, Cleo; his son, Herbert III (Terri) Minke, of Two Harbors, MN; and his daughter, Barbara (Jim) Babcock, of Erie, CO. Bud loved spending time with his grandchildren, Adam, Ethan and Elaine Fang and Kate Minke. His grandkids loved him dearly and called him "Pappy" or "Papa." Bud was very blessed with a large extended family including many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Bud had one brother, John "Jack" Minke. Bud was preceded in death by his parents.

Bud's family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to his special angels, Lana, Patty, Sherry and the entire staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio; who through their care, contributed so much in the last few months of his life.

Bud's family invites you to attend a celebration of Bud's life at a visitation to be held at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio on Friday, April 4th from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the funeral home will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Maumee, Ohio. Memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551.
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 2, 2014
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