RIP Papa Bear! My best friend's dad passed away last Friday afternoon. He had pneumonia and just didn't recover from it. His tragic death was a shock to all. I pray that God sends his comforting peace to my best friend Misty and her family. I met Misty when I was 16, we both worked at Schnuck's, and we've been best friends every since. For quite a few years, we were inseparable. Wherever one was, you could always find the other. And if we weren't at each other's house, we were on the phone with each other. I spent lots of time at Misty's and became really close with her family. Her dad was such a comedian and was always doing things to make us laugh. I remember one of the first times I was over there, they were eating dinner and I was sitting in the living room. The next thing I knew, a chicken leg went flying across the living room.
Misty's brother Micah was the officiant that did Gary's funeral and he did an AMAZING job with it. Every story that was told, I remembered and it brought back such great memories. Gary was a true Christian and led many to the Lord. He will be greatly missed, but I know today he is where he has lived his life to be; dancing on the streets of gold in Glory!
Gary was born in Evansville, Ind., on December 11, 1952. Gary graduated from Bosse High School in 1970. He worked for Allstate Insurance Company as an agent, for 20 years. Gary gave his life to the Lord at the young age of 19, and shared his faith with others throughout his life. He attended Northwoods Church. Gary was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend. With a wonderful sense of humor that was contagious, Gary spread laughter and happiness. He enjoyed watching the horse races at Ellis Park and Indiana Downs.
Gary is survived by his wife of 36 years, Hazel Darlene (Gilmore) Minton, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Misty Dawn (Scott) Harris, of Evansville, Ind.; son, Micah Shawn (Amanda), Minton of Evansville, Ind.; his father, Edward Theo Minton (Ruth), of Evansville, Ind.; brother, Daniel Minton (Mary), of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother-in-law, Tom Gilmore, of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, Isaac Minton, Hannah Minton, Eli Minton; nephews, Brian Minton and Tim Minton; and niece, Danielle Minton.
Gary is preceded in death by his mother, Myrl Maxine (Price) Minton.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Ave., with Gary's son, Micah, officiating. Burial will be held at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may visit from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Browning Funeral Home and from noon until service time Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill Christian Center in care of Vision Youth, 4901 Oak Hill Rd. Evansville, IN 47711.
Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.