Maurice Calvin Minor, 97, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Manchester, passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at his home in the Meth-Wick Manor Community, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral services will follow
at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Carla Burge. Burial will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Maurice was born Sept. 6, 1920, in rural Linn County, the son of Taylor and Ella (Smith) Minor. He was a 1939 graduate of Martelle High School and was united in marriage to Eileen Strong on Aug. 1, 1942, in Cedar Rapids. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Maurice began farming in Linn County before moving to Delaware County, where he farmed for 58 years. He was a member of Linn Grove Church in rural Mount Vernon, the Delaware County Conservation Board, the former Fish and Game Club north of Manchester, the Thomas Minor Society and the Walter Palmer Society, and former member and trustee of First Presbyterian Church in Manchester. Maurice loved to fish, travel and share his family genealogy. His words of wisdom when it came to traveling were "Go while you can!" In 2014, he was fortunate to experience the Honor Flight. Maurice will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his children, Elaine Minor (Mick Allen) of Tiffin, Neil Minor of Ryan and Mark Minor of Monarch, Mont.; sister, Edith Lyon of Cedar Rapids; brother-in-law, Norman Neal of Swisher; sister-in-law, Jean Strong of Springdale, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 73 years, Eileen Minor; stillborn daughter, Barbara Ann Minor; son, David Minor; three sisters, Irene Switzer, Lois Wehrhan and Isabelle Richardson; and a brother, Glen Minor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Maurice's memory to a favorite charity of the donor's choice.
Please share a memory of Maurice at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.