George William "Bill" Minkel

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REMUS -- George William "Bill" Minkel, 84, passed away at his home on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, under the care of his family and hospice.

A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus with Father Tom Boufford as celebrant. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Michael Church, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place at St. Michael's Cemetery following service.

Bill was born on July 1, 1934, the son of George William and Verba Irene (Baker) Minkel in Mecosta. On Nov. 24, 1956, he married Leila Baldwin at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus. Bill was described as easygoing, a loving father and grandfather. The grandkids were his pride and joy. He loved playing cards, enjoyed the game of golf and every other kind of sport. His lawn was "his lawn" and mowed with perfection! He retired from General Motors, Coldwater Road plant in Flint, after 30-plus years. Bill was very proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army, A Battery, 171st Artillery Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, based in Korea from 1953-56.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Leila; his six children, Patrick Minkel, Michael (Ann) Minkel, Sherry (Phillip) Adams, David (Dawn Allen) Minkel, Thomas (Tina) Minkel and Sandra Minkel; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Randy Joseph Minkel; and brothers, Robert and Bernard "Pudge" Minkel.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a contribution in his honor to either St. Michael's School in Remus or VFW Post No. 2335 of Mecosta.

Friends may share a memory with the family at church or online at

Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Sept. 11, 2018
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