Ronald, David Miner Ronald David Miner, 73, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by family and friends in Mishawaka, Indiana following a multi-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ron is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years, Paula (Haygood) Miner; his son, Phillip Miner and his wife Jenny (Angus) Miner; his daughter Julie (Miner) Massey and her husband Chad Massey; five grandchildren: Tara Miner, Hannah Miner, Caroline Massey, Harrison Miner, and Ethan Massey. He is preceded in death by his daughter Tara Suzanne Miner (July 6, 1967 - July 8, 1967). Born June 8, 1939 and reared in Davenport, IA, the son of Don and Goldie (Coombs) Miner. Ron graduated from Davenport High School in 1957 and was member of the rifle team. He attended Iowa State University for 3 years before entering the United States Marine Corps
, where he was commissioned as an officer in the aviation cadet program and then served proudly as an aviator in the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron based at MCAS Cherry Point, NC until 1967 Ron completed a 13-month Tour of Duty in Vietnam in 1965-66 and was honorably discharged from the USMC as a Captain. Ron met his wife, Paula Haygood, in Meridian, MS while going through flight training. They married on July 7, 1963. After serving in the USMC, Ron began his career as a pilot for American Airlines where he flew commercial aircraft for over 32 years. During his career he was based in Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC, and Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. Although a pilot of many aircraft during his tenure, he finished his career in the American Airlines flight office and retired in 1999 as Managing Director, Flight and a captain on the B-767. Captain Ronald D. Miner loved and served the Lord, his family and his country with all of his heart. He gave generously of himself to several Christ-based ministries around the world, including the local church, Young Life, and Campus Crusade for Christ. We were truly blessed by his life here on earth. He will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held Tues., Feb.12, 2013 at Prestonwood Baptist Church's Faith Chapel, 6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. The family will receive guests afterward in the Fireside Room. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to: UT Southwestern Medical Center c/o Memory Research Unit Development Office P.O. Box 910888 Dallas, Texas 75391-0888 Please refer to the following in your correspondence: Donation in memory of Ronald David Miner Please make checks payable to: UT Southwestern Medical Center Memo Line: Dr. Mary Quiceno Ron was a part of their research efforts from 2007-2011. He was honored to be a part of what will hopefully be a cure! Dr. Mary Quiceno and Kristin Martin-Cook were very dear to Ron.