Robert T. Minnie

Robert T. Minnie


   86,  died Saturday afternoon, May 18, 2013 at MediLodge of Yale where he had been a resident for nearly two years.

"Bob" was born in Yale October 30, 1926, the son of the late Donald T. and Viola R. (McKinstry) Minnie.

His marriage to Doris June Hodgins was August 11, 1951 in Yale United Methodist Church. June died January 16, 2011.

He grew up in Yale and as a boy worked for his grandfather in the family business "Minnie's Bologna".  At age 17 he left school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served on the USS Birmingham from 1944-46.  After discharge he retuned to Yale and graduated in 1947 and was elected the first "Homecoming King" in the school history.

Bob was a charter Member of Yale VFW Post # 8594 and member of Yale American Legion Post # 320.  He worked in sales for Cook Coffee and also as a Metropolitan Life salesman, a City of Yale policeman and St. Clair County Deputy Sheriff. He retired as a custodian of Yale Public Schools at Avoca Elementary which was his favorite occupation because of his love for the students.

Throughout the years he enjoyed baseball, bowling and most of all golfing in leagues in Melvin and Holly Meadows until health prohibit it.

Surviving family is Christie and George Brown of Croswell and "grandchildren", Angi and Jason Neal (Gracie and Alex), Adam and Tara  Mager (Ella, Blake, Erik), Andy and Libby Brown (Evan and Liam) and Greg and Vanessa Brown (Grady and Alaina); half-sister, Ann Minnie of CA; niece, Sharon Benton and two great-nieces  and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his brother Richard.

The family honors the memory of Bob and invite you to visit and share memories Tuesday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday with noon. visiting.  Chris Wolf, pastor of 1st and 2nd Presbyterian Churches of Marlette will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Yale, with military honors.

Memorials are suggested to "Yale Public Schools".

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Published in The Times Herald on May 20, 2013