Owen Edward Minear

December 9, 1918January 26, 2013

Owen E. Minear, 94, of Normal, passed away at 4:16pm, Saturday January 26, 2013 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Owne was born December 9, 1918 in Billings, MT, the son of Edward James and Lottie Gleason Minear; he was raised in Twin Lakes, MN. Marcella Boldt Minear was his beloved wife; she preceded him in death after 49 years of marriage.

Surviving are 3 sons, Paul Minear of Normal, Michael Minear of Waterford, MI, and Philip Minear of East Peoria, IL; 2 grandchildren, Christine (Todd) Collum of Waterford, MI and Michael A. Minear of Ft. Myers, FL; 1 great grandchild; 2 brothers, James Minear of Albert Lea, MN and Delisle Minear of Coon Rapids, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Forrest, Nevan, and Eugene.

Owen served his country for nearly 27 years with the Air Force. He served throughout World War II, the Korean War, and during part of the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Illinois State University for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Normal, and had recently moved to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home in Chenoa.

Owen didn’t know the meaning of the word stranger; people were drawn to his infectious smile and easy humor. He was blessed with many good friends. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at 2pm Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Normal. East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Normal, 211 N. School St., Normal, IL 61761.

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Juanita Reader

February 27, 2013

Phil and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.

Jo Ann Duncan

January 31, 2013

To Paul and the rest of the was a pleasure knowing your dad at Normal First United Methodist Church. He had such a twinkle in his eye! He is at peace now. My condolences to you.

January 30, 2013

I worked at First UMC during the 90's. Owen would come in most every day and have a cup of coffee with us. We would talk about our golf games. We golfed at least once a year together. He was a truly remarkable man.

Janell Lerche

Jill Metz

January 29, 2013

Mr. Minear used to stop by our office just to say Hello.....I will surely miss seeing his smiling face. God Bless You, Mr. Minear!

Peggy Lee

January 29, 2013

We will miss his smile. Thank You for sharing him with us. Peggy Lee, Meadows Mennonite Home