Michael Minor
1940 - 2016
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1940 - 2016
Michael Minor, Actor and Singer, passed away January 28, 2016

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Michael Minor, actor and singer, best known for his roles on Petticoat Junction and All my Children, and numerous other successful shows, passed away peacefully at his residence in New York City. He was 75.

Michael Minor was the eldest son of the famous television producer, Don Fedderson and Tido (Minor) Fedderson.

Michael was born in San Francisco and began voice lessons in 1953 at the age of 13. His first singing job was at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills where he was engaged for two weeks and held over for 10 weeks. He attended University High School in Los Angeles and Brown Military Academy in San Diego. His singing career continued with engagements at Bimbo's in San Francisco, The Rat Fink Room in New York, The Elegante in Brooklyn and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. He also appeared numerous times singing on the Johnny Carson Show.

Michael continued his music career and in 1966 made two successful albums, "The Sensational Mike Minor" and "This is Mike Minor". Additional single hits included "Silver Dollar", "Ace in the Hole" as well as "One Day at a Time".

Michael also sang the theme song for Henry Fonda's "The Smith Family" one of Michael's fathers TV shows.

In 1968, Michael made his stage debut, playing the romantic lead in The Impossible Years with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Other stage performances included Neil Simon's play, "Rumors" as well as "The Perfect Crime" where he retired from in 2004.

Michael was best known for his role as, "Steve Elliott" on Petticoat Junction (1966-1970) where eventually married "Betty Jo," Linda Kaye Henning, both on and off the series. They were married for five years. Among his other credits were The Donald O'Conner Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, Chips, Vegas and LA Law. In the 70's and 80's Michael took on daytime television with Edge of Night, As the World Turns, Another World and All my Children.

Michael was an avid golfer and was a true athlete in his youth. He was a member of the Hollywood Hackers, an organization of show-biz golfers who traveled around the country playing at choice golf courses and entertaining the spectators.

Michael is survived by his son John (from his former marriage with Monyeen Martini) and daughter in law Lisa Minor of Ashland, Oregon, three grandchildren, Shane Minor, Morgan Minor, Taylor Minor and one great grandchild Krew Minor; brother, Dana Fedderson and sister in law Marlene Fedderson of Huntington Beach, Ca; brother Brian Schmidt of Dana Point, CA; his sisters Monya Clenard of North Hollywood, CA; Dionne Fedderson Najafi of Paradise Valley, AZ.

Michael lived his passion both on and off stage. He had an amazing career and a life full of friendships, family and love. He truly left his mark by touching the hearts and souls of so many. He will be missed by all!

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Published in New York Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2016.
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March 20, 2020
You are loved and missed Michael, thanks for the memories.
Jeanette
February 29, 2020
I just read about your passing. I loved watching you in Petticoat Junction! You were great and added so much to the show! Praise God for all the entertainment he gave us over the years. What a nice looking guy too. Even now, may all of you feel God's divine comfort and peace. My sincere sympathies to you.
Becky Quaintance
January 27, 2019
Mike I have loved you since I was 11yrs old. You were so very talented. I still watch Petticoat Junction. Your rich voice and your beautiful spirit is now in heaven May god bless you and keep you as one of his angels.
Bj S
January 26, 2019
Missed...just sorely missed...
John Garner
Friend
September 20, 2018
I know you are lighting up heaven, just as you lit up this world. We on earth are sad, but I know you are happy and singing in heaven.
Cheryl Bossieux
September 20, 2018
I have been crazy about Mike Minor since the 1960's , watching Petticoat Junction. I am just finding out about his passing & cannot begin to express how sad I am. I was lucky enough to have gotten the chance to see a play he was in, in the 1980's in Washington DC. I bought an album of his & treasure it til this day. When I found out he was staring in the play in NY around 2009, I so wanted to get to NY & see him in that play! Was disappointed to find out that he had retired, but was encouraged when I was told that he sometimes still came to performances. I'm so sad that I didn't get up there to see him perform again! To this day, I watch Petticoat Junction on tv & watch videos on YouTube of him singing & acting. I will have a place in my heart for him as long as I live! Would love for CBS to release Season 4 thru 6 of Petticoat Junction for his fans to enjoy! The years he was on the show were the best of the series! So very sorry for his passing & his family's loss! He was a true star on this earth & now he's a star in heaven!
Cheryl Bossieux
February 10, 2018
Good actor. Used to watch petticoat junction all the time when i was a kid growing up on the farm. Watch it now on metv.
Ken Forester
August 9, 2017
I just found out about Mike dying I was sorry to hear that I got to see him when I was 12 years old and he kiss me on my cheek and I've never forgotten him he will always be remembered and I hope your family are all doing well peace to you Mike.
Sherry
December 29, 2016
TO THE FAMILY OF FEDDERSON, MINOR & LINDA KAYE HENNING:
THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT ANYONE COULD SAY AT THIS TIME, WHICH I HAD HEARD THAT MIKE MINOR HAS PAST AWAY, MY HEART WAS BROKEN WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS. MIKE WAS A BRILLANT, TALENTED ACTOR & SINGER AS WELL A GREAT PERFORMER WHO GIVEN US IN LIFE, FINE JOB OF A ACTING AS WELL! THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES, ALSO LAUGHTER TO. MIKE PLAYED STEVE ELLIOT A PILOT ON PETTICOAT JUNCTION, CRASHED HIS AIRPLANE IN HOOTERVILLE, THEN RECOVERED. MAY FAVORITE WAS WHEN STEVE, BETTY JO FALLEN IN LOVE, THEN HE WAS TRYING TO POP THE QUESTION TO BETTYJO, YET WHICH HE HAVE GOTTEN SOME HELP FROM UNCLE JOE WHICH THEY PUT A RECORD ON THE WINDOW IN BETTYJO'S ROOM THAT HOW STEVE WAS PLAYING A PIANO, SING A LOVE TO HER, THAT WHEN SHE CAME DOWN SAT NEXT TO HIM, SAID YES TO STEVE, I LOVE WHEN SHE WAS DREAMING ABOUT WHAT KIND OF A WEDDING DRESS SHE WAS GOING TO WEAR AND THERE WAS A WEDDING. SEASON 6 & 7 SERIES THEIR FOCUOS ON THE COUPLE, THAT WHEN LINDA KAYE, MIKE MINOR HAVE GOT MARRIED IN THE YEAR OF 1968 IN REAL LIFE AND ON THE SHOW THEIR HAD A NEWBORN DAUGHTER KATHYJO, THEY WERE A CUTE COUPLE ON THE SHOW. THEN FIVE YEARS LATER THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN A DIVORCE. I HAD A CRUSH ON HIM IN THE SHOW. ALSO I HAVE THE PETTICOAT JUNCTION DVD, I WATCH THEM TO, WE COULD STILL CATCH THE RERUNS ON THE YELEVISON. ALSO, HE DID GUEST APPEARANCE ON TELEVISON SHOWS SD WELL LIKE BEVERLY HILLBILLES, CHIPS, VEGAS$, L.A. LAW, ONE DAY AT A TIME. ALSO, 2 DAYTIME SOAPS AS WELL THE EDGE OF NIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS. MIKE THANKS FOR THE LEGACY THAT WILL KEEP ON LIVING, AS EVERYONE WILL MISSED YOU AND YET NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, I TRY BELIEVE THAT MIKE HAS WALKED THROUGH THE HOLLYWOOD OF STAR GATES, REUNTED WITH KAYE, UNCLE JOE, BILLEJO, SAM & THEY ANGELS ARE TAKING GOOD CARE OF ALL OF THEM, THEY MUST BE SING AROUND THE PIANO JUST LIKE ON THE SHOW. MY THOUGHTS, PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, YOUR & LINDA KAYE HENNING! RIP ENJOY SING WITH THE ANGELS MIKE.
JENNIFER BARIBAUILT
March 7, 2016
On Michael's behalf it's been a little over a month since he passed and I'm reading these beautiful memories shared by all of you and realized how truly blessed he was. On behalf of my family, I thank you for your heartwarming thoughts and kindness. God Bless you! Dana
Dana Fedderson
February 7, 2016
Your FANS WILL never FORGET all the years of wonderful entertainment PETTICOAT JUNCTION gave us in getting to know you!.
Was a real pleasure to watch you!
R.I.P.!
Marilyn Dinard
February 7, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Mikes family .
cheri brockett
February 7, 2016
RIP
steven davis
February 5, 2016
Enternal light and memory
Yuri Xanich
February 5, 2016
My heart goes out to the Fedderson-Minor family. I have never shared this with anyone. I recall having met Mr. Minor and his former wife Linda when I was 8 years old. They did a charity event in Albany NY. They were the first celebrities( From Hollywood) I had ever met. They were so nice to my dad and I. I also recall the roll Mr. Minor played on the daytime soap All My Children as Brandon Kingsley. Mr. Minor was a true talent. He will be missed.
Dean Shealy
February 5, 2016
Mike had charisma. He was so very talented and a joy to watch.
He packed a lot of living into 75 years because he was blessed with a loving family and gracious personality. Mike will be in hearts and still on televisions everywhere, forever young, as he is in Heaven.
He was and is, the real deal.
Deepest condolences to his family, in their loss. You are his legacy, most of all.

A Fan
February 4, 2016
For a man that helped shape the images of how a gal should be treated and set the example for others to follow, immortalized in film, never to grow old, or be forgotten only to be revered and cherished as wonderful childhood memories relived in reruns and stories told across the table, this is the legacy that this man offers to people all over that he didn't even know, To the family and friends that knew Michael he must have been so much more, to have been loved and shared with and by so many his gifts and talent will be forever remembered by all of us that were blessed by his light shinning on our day. Petticoat Junction was such a seemingly small piece of who he truly was but had a huge impact on what we are today, we have all been blessed just a little bit more for having him in our memories. God be with you and prayers for the family that's left behind, may your sadness be short lived as the truth of his life turns to celebrate who he was to each of you and all of us.
Rhoda Bruce
February 4, 2016
My friend who was a wealth of information and stories of the golden years of television. In person never presumptuous of his career and legacy. Always a delight and a beacon of warmth and humor. May heaven welcome you on its grand stage!
George Xanich
February 3, 2016
I watched petticoat junction when I was a kid I couldn't wait until it came on. My favorite was when Steve fell in love with Bettyjo.You will always be missed and never forgotten. I hope to see you someday up in heaven. Until then rest in peace Mike.
Vickie Scurlock
February 3, 2016
I am sad to hear about the loss of mike Minor ( Steve ). Petticoat Junction has and always will be my favorite show. R.I.P. Mike .
Ramona Hampton
February 3, 2016
My prayers going up for all the family. Always loved watching Petticoat Junction and hearing him sing. Heaven is so much richer with his awesome voice in the Heavenly Choir
Theda Barrett
February 3, 2016
My condolences to the Fedderson families on the loss of their beloved Brother, Father & Grandfather.
Loren Webb
February 3, 2016
My condolences to the Minor and Fedderson families. I loved hearing Mike sing on Petticoat Junction. It will always be my favorite show. R.I.P.
Marie Bissonnette
February 3, 2016
I'm sorry to hear of Mike (Steve) passing. Heaven has a brighter star shining.
Carol Butler
February 3, 2016
I always thought 'Steve' was lucky guy living at the Shady Rest. Mr. Minor's voice offered soothing tones to my daughter as a baby. His skills as actor and singer encouraged me to venture out and experience new things. Thank you for music and for all the great TV memories. Rest well at the real 'Shady Rest...'
J.C. Garner
February 3, 2016
RIP I am only twenty but love watching Petticoat Junction on Me-TV you had a wonderful singing voice that will be missed.
Allan Kroll
February 3, 2016
I will miss him, I grew up watching that show, He was a great actor and singer.
Mattie Stacy
February 3, 2016
Rest in peace. I grew up watching you on Petticoat Junction
Lynn Barton
February 3, 2016
Thank you for the smiles and sweet memories. Rest in Peace.
Tim Morton
February 3, 2016
RIP Michael I watched Petticoat Junction when I was Young Loved you all on the show You had a great singing voice . Sending prayers to your family
February 3, 2016
Mike minor was part of the reason I watch petticoat junction.so sorry for the family loss,may he rest in peace
Brenda Slusarczyk
February 3, 2016
Marilyn Dinard
February 3, 2016
Will miss you! Was a big fan of yours!
Marilyn Dinard
February 3, 2016
My deepest condolences to the Minor and Fedderson families. May all the good memories you have with Mike help to bring you some peace at this difficult time.
Mike's contributions in film will insure he lives on with all of us and like others before him (Bea, Meredith, Edgar) may he rest in peace.
Naomi M
February 3, 2016
I was so saddened to hear of Michael's passing. I'm so sorry for his family's loss. He brought so much joy to so many through his various roles and music. May he rest in peace and may God grant his loved ones comfort and peace.
Sincerely, Debbie Trinker
Richmond, TEXAS
Debbie Trinker
February 2, 2016
NEVER FORGOTTEN
I watched Petticoat Junction when i was in my teens, the girls were someone for me to look up to, when Mike joined the show all us television viewers fell in love with him, we all wanted to marry a fellow as handsome and romantic as Steve. God Bless Mike and his family and thank you for the memories Mike you are loved and will be missed.
Jeanette McDonald
February 2, 2016
Rest in peace my friend, I see ya everyday on METV on Peddicoat Junction, GODSPEED
February 2, 2016
God's Angels are watching over everybody
To the Fedderson/ Minor Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Mike made us all laugh on Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies. When he sang: " I Believe". " The Impossible Dream" & " The Lord's Prayer" it was awesome. I can hear Mike singing all the time. God blessed him with that wonderful voice. Mike was very talented. My prayers go out to you all for strength and guidance through this difficult time. We all loved Mike. Mike will always be missed but never forgotten. RIP Mike and may God be with you.
Sandy Marino St John
February 2, 2016
so very sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers, Michael was a great actor and singer, he will be missed
Darlene Nelson
February 2, 2016
We are richer for your work.
David Larson Dorene Jackson-Larson
February 2, 2016
There are not words to convey my deepest sympathies to the Mike Minor family and to his friends. He will not be forgotten...prayers, peace and love...
Shelly Ballard
February 2, 2016
Rest in Peace dear Mike.
Rest in Peace, Michael. I have been a fan since I was a little girl in the 60's. You had so much amazing talent and loved watching you along side Linda Henning, both on screen and off. You had more talent than most actors and deserved so much more recognition. You will always have your many fans and will always be remembered. May Light Perpetual Shine Upon You and God has now healed you in his eternal light.
Donna Rentas
February 2, 2016
You have my deepest sympathies.
Dorene Sandstrom
February 2, 2016
we were so sorry to hear about mike
R.I.P.
god bless you mike
The Andrus-Quinn Family
February 2, 2016
You were truly a star, for me you will always be Tall, Dark & handsome. I wish you could see ow much you are loved. Tell the Shady Rest gang we miss them all.
JOAN OGDEN
February 2, 2016
mike,your beauty will shine forever and forever you will be missed
irene adkisson
February 2, 2016
MICHAEL MINOR FAMILY HE WAS A VERY TALENT ACTOR IN MY YOUNGER DAYS NEVER MISSED AN EPISODE PETTICOAT JUNCTION IF I COULD CATCH CHANNEL I WOULD STILL WATCH IT RIP MIKE MINOR
lise charlebois
February 2, 2016
May God be with you in your time of grief.
Carol Guseman
February 2, 2016
To the family of Mike Minor. My sincere condolences to the Minor family. I am a 2nd cousin to Mike having descended from James Fedderson, brother of his grandfather Tony. Our Fedderson family roots still are centered in Beresford, SD., even though I have lived in the Atlanta area for 30+ years. I met Mike once in Columbus, Ohio when he was signing autographs at a mall on a Sunday afternoon. We had a very cordial meeting & it was great to meet him!
Sincerely, Howard Peterson, son of Alta Fedderson Peterson.
Howard Peterson
February 2, 2016
You were such a great actor and singer.Loved when you and Linda Kaye got married RIP.
February 2, 2016
I'm sorry. I love him on Petticoat Junction, one of my favorites
Deborah Collins
February 2, 2016
FOR ONE WHO WISHED SHE WAS BETTY JO. MAY YOU FIND PEACE IN HEAVEN. WE WILL NEVER FORGET OUR FAVORITE PILOT
SUSAN HUGHES
February 2, 2016
Mr. Mike Minor your going to be so sadly missed by so many. Grew up watching Petticoat Junction. You were the dreamy Steve who all of dreamed would come into ur lives. God Bless you and your family.
February 2, 2016
I am so sorry for you loss. I grew up watching Petticoat Junction.. Mike was so talented.God bless you at this time.
Pam Mattox
February 2, 2016
big fan of yours....
hated to hear about him...good actor..
Debbie Womack
February 2, 2016
So sad to hear of your passing. I loved watching petticoat junction as a kid and still love watching it today. God rest your soul and prayers for your family and friends. You will be missed.
Stephanie M
February 2, 2016
My condolences to your family and friends and may you rest in peace.
BARBARA SCOTT
February 2, 2016
Dear Michael

You will be missed. I love watching Petticoat Junction. You had an amazing voice. RIP
Alice Harrison
February 2, 2016
Dear mike minor & family. I'm so sorry for your lost and he played a wonderful and handsome Steve Eliott. On petticoat juction. I wish that I could have meet jo you. And a again sorry for your loss your. Number one fan always kelley
Kelley Brown
February 2, 2016
your a sweatheart mess you
sandy burns
February 2, 2016
I am very sorry for your loss. I grew up watching Petticoat Junction and have lots of fond memories. The cast seems like family. Prayers for the family
Jeanie McCarty
February 2, 2016
The Petticoat Junction love story
I am heartbroken.I fell in love with Mike as a little girl,he was my first crush. But even as an adult I continued to love and admire Mike. I followed his career, writing to him often. I loved his beautiful voice and beautiful smile. Mike will live forever in my heart. My condolences to the Feddersons and the Minors, You will be in my thoughts and prayers
Ann Statzell
February 2, 2016
Michael, I am deeply sadden by your loss.I am at a loss for words,but I am trying to stay strong.I will never ever forget the day I met you in person many years ago.You gave me strength & wisdom.I fondly remember the words you once told me.. if it comes to you right away you know you have it made,but you said life isn't always what it is meant to be...the road is long but keep at it & one day when you least expect it...It will shine..Thank you for the memories, the laughter & the joy you gave me while you were on the set of Petticoat Junction..Michael, You are now that shining light above the clouds.Every night I will look for the brightest star & I will know it is you..Rest in Peace my dear Michael..Sending beams of love to you in Heaven.
Cathy McCourt
February 2, 2016
God Rest your soul!!
susan Eastman
February 2, 2016
i will miss you..still watching you on PJ now today..your amazing voice..i can still hear it...R.I.P. mike minor...until we meet again
jozette L
February 2, 2016
You will be missed.Thank you for the great years on PJ. Praying for your family.
Christine Hooks
February 1, 2016
Michael, I cannot express how sad I am right now at the news of your loss, but I want to thank you for sharing your many incredible talents with the world over the years, and especially for taking time to meet and visit with me in New York. As you know, you have been a very special part of my life since I was 7 years old and I will miss you terribly. I deeply appreciated your kindness and enjoyed your great sense of humor, your gregarious personality, and your beautiful singing voice. I truly cherish all the wonderful memories you've given me and will always keep you alive in my heart. Enjoy Heaven where I hope to see you again some day...sending all my love up there to you.
Kimberli Heino
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