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1936 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
ROD MINKLER Rod Minkler was born December 6, 1936 to Bernice "'Bunny" Carson Minkler and Robert L. Minkler in Pasadena. After graduation from Menlo Atherton High School, he spent two years at the University of Colorado studying architecture. He then graduated from Menlo College with a business degree. In 1960, Rod married Betty Rohner in Atherton, and in 1962, their son, Bill was born. For two years their first home was on a rice farm, BZB, in Colusa. They then moved to Butte City, Kaimana Orchards, and began a 50 year career in both real estate and farm management with his business called, Lassen Land Company. In 1964, they moved to Chico and built their first home on Estates Way. It was during the '60s to the late '80s that Rod helped develop and manage approximately 18,000 acres, mostly almonds and walnuts for various absentee owners. During that time, he also served on the board of Sun Diamond, where he made many lasting friendships. Their son Bill worked on the ranches after graduating from the University of Colorado. It became clear that Bill was destined to manage the business which now includes a processing plant in Orland. Rod was then able to retire and pursue his favorite pastime, fly fishing Silver Creek in Idaho and deep sea fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Rod enjoyed both the challenge of real estate and locating properties as well as the management. He succumbed to complications of pancreatic cancer on December 28, 2012 and is now pursuing his favorite pastime. Rod is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Minkler of Palm Springs; son, Bill (Arlene) Minkler and grandchildren, Annie and Andrew Minkler, all of Chico. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at Butte Creek Country Club on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , in care of Brusie Funeral Home.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 14, 2013
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