Jon Joseph Minerd died in Hospice on January 9, 2021 in Edgewater, Florida at the age of 74.
Jon is survived by his three children, Jessica Minerd-Massey of Edgewater, Florida; Shawn Minerd of Kansas City, Missouri; and Alicia (Eric) Zwieg (nèe Minerd) of Raleigh, North Carolina, his two grandsons Sky Massey of Orchard Park, New York and Ethan Massey of Jacksonville, Florida. Also surviving are his siblings Tim (Gerry) Minerd of Rochester, NY; Jim Minerd of Rochester, NY; Kathy (Bill) Consler (nèe Minerd) of Charlotte, NC; and Ron (Cheri) Minerd of Lancaster, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother William Minerd, and his half-brother Lynn Winters.
Jon was born on February 27,1946 in Hatboro, PA to Melvin Minerd and Hannah Minerd (nèe Guzzy). He graduated from Griffith Institute High School in 1964 and went on to study industrial engineering and mathematics at the University of Rochester, University of Niagara, Onondaga Community College, and Erie Community college. John worked as a field service engineer for the Hydrapoint division of Moog, Inc in East Aurora, NY for 29 years which took him to many different countries around the world. He retired in 2008.
Jon was a letterman football player at Griffith Institute which lead to being a lifelong football fan. He enjoyed cheering on (and yelling at) his favorite hometown team, the Buffalo Bills. Jon enjoyed playing music on his guitar and bodhran drum from Ireland. He was an avid ham radio enthusiast and had a passion for sci-fi and all things mechanical. He traveled up and down the east coast US and in Canada competing in over 20 Rally car races as an SCCA Pro Rally driver and was also a volunteer firefighter with the Yorkshire NY Volunteer Fire Department. Later in life he became interested in anything and everything related to trains.
Jon enjoyed adventure and his laugh and smile will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a great Dad with a kind heart and always willing to help.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Halifax Health Hospice Care in Edgewater, Florida for providing caring end of life support.