James W Minhinnick

March 26, 1936January 19, 2022
Obituary of James W Minhinnick


Hill Funeral Home

James W Minhinnick, age 85, of Grand Blanc, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 James W. Minhinnick Jr., age 85, of Grand Blanc passed away unexpectedly. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Emma A. Minhinnick, his daughters Colleen F. Veeneman (the late Curt Veeneman), Penny A, Minhinnick-Burns (Jim Burns), five grandchildren, Sarah, Julian, Jim, Schuyler, and Harley, and two great grandchildren, Aria and Julianna. His son Robin T. Minhinnick predeceased him. Jim was born in Detroit of the late James W. Minhinnick Sr. and Helen (Haines) Minhinnick, and was raised by his father and his father’s second wife Harriet Minhinnick. His brother Gordon Minhinnick (Sue) predeceased him. Jim and Emma were enthusiastic hosts and loved to entertain at their home and on their boats. He always had a joke ready to make people smile and was involved in mischievous antics with his friends in high school and after. He initiated many get-togethers for groups of friends and family. He remembered every detail of the stories of his lifetime. Jim and his birth mother contracted tuberculosis, which claimed her life and put him in a TB sanitarium until he was 5 years old. He grew up in a log cabin built by his father and grandfather, graduated from Hale Area High School, and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). He worked for General Motors, Ford, and transitioned to management of Leon Plastics in Grand Rapids in 1976. He then started his own business as a sales representative and consultant for the automotive components industry, including Lacks Industries. He then was a consultant for L&L Plastics in Grand Blanc until he was in his late seventies. He was on the board of the Society of Plastics Engineers of West Michigan, a Shriner, served on the board of their condominium association, and was an elder at Kirkridge Presbyterian Church. Visitation on Friday, 2/4/2022, family 3:30 – 4:00pm, public 4:00 – 8:00pm at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, 48439. Visitation on Saturday 2/5/2022 10:00 - 11:00am, and memorial service at 11:00am at Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, 8070 S Saginaw St, Grand Blanc, 48439, with luncheon following. The family requests those interested in making a memorial donation do so in his name to either Parkinson’s Foundation or Kirkridge Presbyterian Church. The memorial service for James Minhinnick will be livestreamed via YouTube at Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Minhinnick family.

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