Wilbur T. Minnich

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  • "Our deepest sympathies to Pauline, Tammy, Stan and Family."
    - Keith and Bev Hosler
  • "I am lighting a candle for my father let this light shine..."
    - Tammy Seasock
  • "Stan, Sue & Minnich, I'm so sorry for you loss. Will be..."
    - Lynn Farris
  • "R.I.P. Uncle Bud"
    - Mick Noll
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    - Eric Huber
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Wilbur Thomas "Bud" Minnich, almost 90, of Leesport, passed away comfortably Saturday in his home with his family by his side.

He was the husband of Pauline Katherine Nester Minnich. They were married on June 25, 1953, in a small church in New Ringgold. Last year, they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Born in Orwigsburg, Jan. 19, 1928, he was a son of the late Robert and Helen Yeager Minnich. He was one of 13 children, and the last surviving member of his family.

Wilbur "Bud" Minnich served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Guam for 18 months. He was a staff sergeant and graduated in the top of the U.S. graduates for engineering at Fort Belvoir, Va. In 1954, he received an honorable discharge from the Air Force.

After the service, Wilber, "Bud" (the name everyone called him) was president of the United Steelworkers for about 10 years, serving the employees of General Battery. He retired from Exide when he reached the age of 62.

Bud enjoyed working around the house and with the help of his son, they built a two-car garage and breezeway to go with their home. After retirement, he served the community and, in 1998, Bud received a Service Above Self Award for outstanding service to the community from the Rotary Club of Shoemakersville/Leesport. He served the Odd Fellows for many years and received an award for appreciation for his service in 2001.

Bud was an active member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Leesport. While a member, Wilbur had served on church council and home care for Encore, helping people go to doctor appointments and hospitals. It was nice to have the help of Berks County Visiting Nurses and Hospice in the care of Wilbur when he needed it the most. The other activities he volunteered for in the church were the soup kitchen and chicken barbecue and pot pie suppers.

He was a member of the Shoemakersville Senior Citizens and served as their president for a couple of years. As a member of the senior citizens, Bud and his wife, Pauline, ran bus trips for the seniors. Both he and his wife enjoyed being around their grandchildren and their recent great-grandchildren. They often watched football games together as well as playing card games with friends from church and fellow work friends. Some of Bud's favorite teams were the Eagles, Phillies and Penn State.

Bud would often walk to the post office and back to his home for his daily exercise. His treadmill would be running when he could not go outside. This kept his body active for many years.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Pauline Katherine Nester Minnich; son, Stansil Lee Minnich, husband of Sue Minnich, Leesport; daughter, Tammy Ann Minnich Seasock, wife of Edward Joseph Seasock, Wernersville; three grandchildren, Matthew Seasock, husband of Mallory Garrett Seasock, Robesonia, Cody Leahy Minnich, West Leesport, and Amanda Seasock Reiver, wife of Zachery Reiver, Robesonia; step-granddaughter, Amy Dracha, Leesport; four great-grandchildren, Avery Grace Reiver, Wyatt Edward Seasock, Gwendolyn Nichole Herb, and Cora Mae Seasock; two step-great-grandchildren: Katlyn Dracha and Paige Forry.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 102 Apple St., Leesport, PA 19533. Interment will follow in Leesport Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the church at the above address or Berks Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice, 1170 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610. Leibensperger Funeral Homes Inc., Leesport, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 8, 2018
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