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KENNETH L. MINOR On Monday, October 22, our father, Kenneth L. Minor, affectionately known to many as "Kenny", "Kenji", or "Pop", was called home to be with Jesus. Dad was a humble man who rose from an impoverished childhood, the son of migrant workers who settled in Redlands and worked the packing houses and groves. He picked oranges for his Dad who was the foreman. He later joined the Army to help pay for college, graduating from the University of Redlands. He went on to earn his Masters from Pepperdine. Dad was a well-loved and well-respected member of the community because of his generosity of time and commitment to various service groups like the Circle City Kiwanis, CalRTA, UNITY, Surrogate Parents for CNUSD, AARP, Norco High Boosters (44 years) and was a founding member of Day of the Child and Terrific Kids in which he continued to be active. At one time he was a volunteer in 18 different organizations. His passion for working with and for youths stemmed from his career in education with CNUSD where he piloted the elementary counseling program in 1967. Dad was also a career military man and anyone who knew him knew how proud he was to serve and how grateful he was for the opportunities it afforded him. He served in the Korean War and was also called to duty for Desert Storm. He retired from the U.S. Army after 30 plus years as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 for 6ITAAS (Military Intelligence Training). After he retired the Unit held yearly reunions that he organized, much to everyone's enjoyment. He missed his first one last weekend. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family which he was so proud of, watching the grandkids' games and plays, and socializing with his Army and service club buddies. He was always there for them or any other person in need. Football was a close second, whether professional, collegiate, or local. He was also a big supporter of the Arts such as CAT, RCT, Performance Riverside and the Corona Symphony Orchestra. Dad is survived by his children Michelle (Don) Kindred, Kelley (David) Krout and Elaine Minor, all of Corona; his grandchildren Brian (Holly), Dennis (Liz), Trevor and Devan Kindred, Kendall and Allyson Krout, and Sydney, Madelyn and Lilyan Kullbom; and great grandchildren Breea and Jase Kindred and Lucille Kindred. He was predeceased by his wife Jeanie in 1997, within 24 hours of the anniversary of her passing. He is also survived by his brother Philip of Eureka, and sisters Gloria Rodgers of San Bernardino and Beverly Rivera of Highland and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1st at 10:00 am at Inland Vineyard Church, 935 N. McKinley, Corona and burial to follow at 1:30 pm with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery. An open house will be held at Minor Manor, 1465 Sandalwood, Corona at 3:30 pm. Please feel free to join any of the events during the day. In lieu of flowers please send donations to either Circle City Kiwanis Scholarship Fund or CalRTA Scholarship Fund. To leave condolences or sign the online guestbook, please go to www.thomasmillermortuary.com

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 28, 2012
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