PIQUA - The Rev. Lon William Mindt, a resident of Piqua Manor, formerly of Englewood, went to his heavenly home Dec. 8, 2012, following the effects of Alzheimer's.
He was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Blue Grass, N.D. to William E. and Sophie (Ballinsky) Mindt. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister. One sister, Violet Dittus (WA) and Clifford (MT) survive. Leon was married to Esther (Mindt) Mindt on Nov. 27, 1947. The couple was able to celebrate 65 years of marriage. She survives, along with their three daughters, Cynthia and the Rev. Floyd Sollenberger of Camp Hill, Pa., Sylvia and Ray Daniels of Wabash, Ind., and the Rev. Dr. Arlys and Jerry Fogt of Piqua. They share the wonderful memories of a life well lived. His legacy continues with seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He served i the Army after World War II ended during the occupation, stationed in Korea from 1945-1946 and upon his honorable discharge became an apprentice blacksmith and welder. He felt the call to Christian ministry and began college at General Beadle in Madison, S.D., while serving a small church in Ramona, S.D. He continued his college education and graduated in 1064, from Kearney State in Kearney, Neb., while serving churches in Elm creek, Neb., Taylor, Neb., Almena, Kan. and in Scotia, Neb. After graduation he moved his family to Dayton to begin seminary training at United Theological Seminary and continued serving various student pastorates in Lebanon, Eaton and Sidney. He graduated with a M.Div. from UTS in 1968, and was ordained in the Dakota Conference of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church and choosing to stay in Ohio he accepted a call to serve the United Church of Christ in West Milton. Although he served carious churches in different denominations, he always felt his calling was to be a shepherd to everyone in any community in which he lived. He spent 10 years as an instructor in carpentry at the former Miami Valley Joint Vocational School. Leon spent many ours building and delivering his specially designed storage barns of all sizes. After formally retiring, he continued to substitute both in the pulpit and the classroom. His passion was doing small wood projects for people as gifts and creating something out of materials others threw away. He also enjoyed serving the VFW Post 7741 as a life member and chaplain for many years on the local, county and district levels.
Funeral services will be officiated by the Revs. Floyd Sollenberger and George Sidwell at Englewood United Methodist Church, at 1 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors, will be at Piqua Forest Hill Cemetery immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Englewood United Methodist Church, 107 N. Walnut St. Englewood, OH. Donation envelopes will be available at the service. All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Hale Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Dec. 11, 2012