OBITUARY

Mr. Eugene Edward Minor

January 23, 1922December 23, 2020
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On Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Eugene (Gene) Minor passed into the loving presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Gene was born in Tempe, Arizona to Bert and Anna Minor. He is the younger twin brother of Bill Minor. The family moved to Los Angeles, California where the twins graduated from Fremont High School. During high school Gene joined the Dunamis Club, an organization that later became the Navigators. It was the discipline he learned then that led him to memorize one Bible verse per month, which he did until the end of his life. Gene joined the Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. As a Tech Sergeant he operated and repaired radio equipment completing thirty-three B-17 bombing missions over Europe. His plane sometimes went limping back to base, but it was never shot down. Gene was proud to serve his country. He is well remembered for wearing his uniform on all military holidays. While attending Wheaton College after the war, he fell in love with and married Dorothy Hendrich. They graduated from Wheaton College in 1949. Called to foreign missions, they were accepted as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators that same year. Their goal was to go to a people group whose language was not in written form, learn the language, and create an alphabet in order to translate the Bible, and also produce community service publications. During their missionary training two children were born. They flew to Peru with one year old Ruth and six week old Dan to begin work from Wycliffe’s jungle center, Yarina Cocha. Joe, Rachel, Lois and stillborn Eunice were born during their time in Peru. Gene was immediately assigned to operate the radio control tower. He resisted this until he found the radio tower had Army surplus equipment, the same as he had used on the B-17 bomber - which he could operate well and “take apart and reassemble in his sleep.” Over the years, when not in the jungle location, he trained a sixteen year old Peruvian man who later spent a lifetime working with HCJB Radio in Quito, Ecuador. He also trained the first woman at Yarina Cocha to run the radio control tower. Later, in Colombia, he also trained a high school girl to operate the control tower there. Working 15 years in Peru and 21 in Colombia, Gene translated the New Testament, Old Testament passages referred to in the New Testament, and health and community development materials for the Witoto people of the Amazon jungle. Dorothy did much of the literacy work. When they left, there were a number of believers who were literate and able to participate in the national life of their country. Upon completing their fieldwork they settled in Duncanville, Texas. Gene served at the Dallas Wycliffe/SIL International Linguistic Center working in the Translation Department as an editor preparing materials for publication. Finally, at age 92, he retired. Among the multitude of Bible verses Gene memorized, this is one of his favorites: Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” – John 5:24. The last verse he memorized and shared with family in the weeks before his passing is: “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11 We praise God for the fruitful life of Eugene Minor. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Anna Minor; his twin brother, Bill; an infant daughter, Eunice Kay; and an adult son, Daniel Minor. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy, and children Ruth Bellamy, Joseph Minor (Shelli), Rachel Freiberger (Doug), Lois Taylor, daughter-in-law Pam Minor, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and a host of nephews and nieces.

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    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Mr. Eugene Edward Minor

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Brian and Angela Collins

January 15, 2021

Gene was a Godly man of Honor and Integrity. His actions and words transparently exhibited his great love for God and HIS Word, his beautiful Bride of 72 years, and his family. A single word or scripture verse aptly shared with an endearing pat on the back, would offer encouragement to even the most discouraged of souls, replacing discouragement with the Hope of the Lord. ...and when Gene prayed, you could feel the Father's presence in the room as you knew each heart felt word was capturing the Lord's full attention in that intimate conversation.
We praise the Lord for the blessing of having known Gene (and Dottie) over these 21+ years. The encouragement that they have brought to us as a couple and as followers of Christ cannot be expressed by mere words. We know that there are untold numbers in heaven who are there because of Gene and Dottie's faithfulness to share the Word of God with those who did not know HIM. We can only imagine the huge celebration that occurred in Heaven when Gene walked through those pearly gates to hear the Father say, "Well done my good and faithful servant, welcome into your great reward!" We look forward to the day when we will join you, Gene, around the throne of our precious Savior!

Phillip Gill

January 14, 2021

I only knew Gene for about ten years but he made you feel like you have known him forever. I will miss him.

Kenneth Peterson

January 12, 2021

In 1995 I lived down the street from Eugene and Dottie and my family had known the Minors from serving in Colombia. Mu 8th grade history teacher gave me an assignment to interview an older person about a historic event. I asked Eugene if I could interview him about WWII and he graciously agreed. He shared so much with me that afternoon, much more than just WWII. He talked of him and his brother going to school in Arizona and some of the more creative punishments they had for kids back then! He talked of the comradery between him and his fellow airmen in his plane, The Fightin’ Bittin’. Of how the radio he was trained to operate was the exact model of the one he had to operate in Peru. Of the difficulty in earning the trust of the Witotos. And of course of Dottie, and how each day he wanted to find a new way to let her know he loved her, even signing up to take piano lessons together just a few months before! He spent hours pouring out his faith and trust in and gratitude of the sovereign hand of God in his life. It meant so much to an angsty 13 year old me who felt God was so distant at that time. He was a champion for the Lord, advancing the Word in England, Peru, Colombia and at that kitchen table in Duncanville over 25 years ago. He blessed so many and I am glad to know he may now entered into rest among all those who he ministered to on this earth. Until we meet again sir- Kenneth Peterson

P.S. I got an A on that paper

Lois Taylor

January 6, 2021

Dad was truly man of God's Word. It was, undoubtedly, the foundation for his life. He made the Bible a priority, and spent a great amount of time reading it, studying it to understand it clearly, and sharing it with others. Your life could not touch his without your receiving something from God's Word. The Bible was daily food for him, and he taught his family, by his example, how to nourish their souls on God's Truth. Learning, and reviewing memorized passages of Scripture was part of family breakfast every day. After lunch, he would stretch out on the cool, hardwood floor of our home in the tropics, and review his own personally memorized Bible verses while the rest of us took a short siesta before returning to the afternoon of schoolwork. In the evening, he gathered the family and, together, we read aloud from the Bible and had prayer before going to bed. He firmly believed in the power of God's word to change the hearts and lives of ordinary people and bring them peace with God and with one another. The harvest from this seed of Dad's faith can be seen in his family, his acquaintances, and the Witoto people of Peru and Colombia; and is a harvest that will last into eternity.

Anel Minneman

December 27, 2020

My heart weeps for you, Aunt Dorothy. As a child I loved it when you, Uncle Gene and the kids came home on furlough and shared stories and pictures of life in Peru, and later, Columbia. As an adult I just loved you for your overflowing joy, trust, and contentment in whatever God had for you in life. Uncle Gene loved life - sharing his violin, harmonica, or stories with anyone who would listen. He's making music with the angels now! Hugs and love to you!

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Bert & Anna Minor, parents

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Bert Minor

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Dashing Dappers!