Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO and after 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Friendship Baptist Church, 630 N. Commerical Ave., St. Clair, MO 63077
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Friendship Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO
Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO
Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Cancer Society
Bernard Edgar Minks of St. Clair, MO, formerly Lonedell, MO, departed this life Washington, MO, on March 8, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-five years, six months and eighteen days. Bernard was born in Potosi, MO, on August 20, 1931, son of Arthur Henry Minks and Ollie Frances Minks nee Brimm. On July 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Betty Ann Ganim and they were blessed to have fifty-six years together.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Betty Minks of St. Clair; MO; by one brother, James Minks of Sullivan, MO; by two sisters, Ruth Winkleman and husband, James, of DeSoto, MO and Betty Lou Bobo of Terre du Lac, MO; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ollie Minks; by one brother, Brice Minks, and by three sisters, Frances Bliss, Anna Thomas and Shirley Kirby.
Bernard was a Christian and long time member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, entering July 22, 1953 and receiving his honorable discharge on May 19, 1955. After his discharge he began his career with Ford Motor Company in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty years of service to the company. He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 325 of St. Louis, MO. Bernard favorite pastime was caring for his farm. He enjoyed raising Black Angus and Simmental cattle, as well as raising hay. Fishing was another of his hobbies and he was talented at woodworking. He and Betty enjoyed traveling and fellowshipping with their family and friends.
A devoted and loving husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Friendship Baptist Church in St. Clair with the Rev. John Dover officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.