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Jon Joseph Minerd
  • February 27, 1946
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  • January 09, 2021

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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.


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  1. Donna Kraatz Miller says:
    13 Feb 2021
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jon was a kind and caring person. I knew him through Ron Palm during our college years.
    Prayers for your family.

  2. Steve Stojanovich says:
    10 Feb 2021
    Jon was my classmate in the Class of 1964. We were football teammates. Jon and I spent time together on a committee to plan our 40, 45, 50 and 55 year reunions. We were good friends in school and after. He will definitely be missed!

  3. Ron Palm says:
    10 Feb 2021
    I have many great memories of Jon both small & large from the early years (1953) at St. Al’s to GI and Erie Tech. and the many years thereafter up through today. I was excited and looking forward to getting together with him in Lakewood, FL this summer, but I guess that will have to wait until the next life ...

  4. stacy stocker says:
    29 Jan 2021
    So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Treasure all your many memories, may they comfort you during this hard time. Keeping you and your boy's in our thoughts and prayers❤ Love you all

  5. Anne nowicki says:
    20 Jan 2021
    Jon was a good person and a friend , remember the many pinochle games and the great times. My condolences to you his family for your loss.

  6. Susan Smith Perkins says:
    20 Jan 2021
    I had the pleasure of attending and graduating Griffith Institute in Springville with Jon a long time ago! He was one of the good guys all thru school. Sorry we lost touch. Sounds like he had a good life and was loved by his family. So sorry for your loss.

  7. Timothy Minerd lit a candle:
    16 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 16, 2021 at 1:48:24 PM

  8. Jim Minerd says:
    16 Jan 2021
    Jon was my mentor... he taught me how to be a middle child and still get respect. How to steal Moms Christmas cookies and play the guitar.
    He taught me how to avoid trouble (His advice...RUN) and he showed me how to party like I was an 18 year old when I was only 13.
    He was happy, kind and loving and most importantly he was my brother.
    His passing has left a void in my heart and I will miss him very much as everyone who knew and loved him will.

  9. Eric Z lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:46:00 PM

  10. Tonya says:
    15 Jan 2021
    I am thinking of all my fond childhood memories of my Uncle Jon. He was a steady part of growing up. I was in awe of his intelligence, guitar playing skills, and gentle nature. I will cherish these memories forever.

    My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He is missed.

  11. Alicia lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:00:06 PM

  12. Alicia posted an image:
    15 Jan 2021
    Dad holding a new fangled cassette tape
    Dad holding a new fangled cassette tape

  13. Alicia says:
    15 Jan 2021
    I'll always remember the shoulder rides when you got home from work. Goodbye Daddio, I'll see you in the next go round. You will be missed deeply, love you.

  14. Timothy Minerd says:
    15 Jan 2021
    Jon’s insistence and perseverance in his job at Moog, Inc for 29 years were outstanding! This trait showed up when he was a baby by his insistence to jumping off our porch whether he was going to be caught in the process or fall to the ground. I’m sure this characteristic showed up in him many, many more times. He was special and loved by many.

  15. Jeff Minerd lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:10:22 PM

  16. Jim Minerd lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:23:58 AM

  17. Tim Minerd says:
    14 Jan 2021
    Rest In Peace Uncle Jon, you’ll be missed.

  18. Cheri posted an image:
    14 Jan 2021
    Jon with his mother, Hannah, and brothers, Tim and Bill.
    Jon with his mother, Hannah, and brothers, Tim and Bill.

  19. Cheri posted an image:
    14 Jan 2021
    Jon with brothers and sisters
    Jon with brothers and sisters

  20. Gerry Minerd lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 14, 2021 at 1:53:33 PM

  21. Jess says:
    14 Jan 2021
    Good bye dad, you'll be missed more than you know.
    Everytime I hear Celtic music, news of the "Bills", rallye racing...or any of other things I connect to you in my memories, I'll think of you and miss you and the times we had.

    We were truly lucky to have had such good lives and I'm going to miss you so much....love you.❤

  22. Jess lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 14, 2021 at 1:12:19 PM

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