OBITUARY - MAYNARD L. MINTHORN
Maynard L. Minthorn son of George B. and Alice (Whitehead) Minthorn, was born February 8, 1890, in Mancelona, Mich., and
died quietly in his home in Kellerton, Iowa, March 17, 1973, at the age of 83 years, one month and nine days.
At an early age, he moved with his family to Lamoni, Iowa. He attended school at Evergreen, Thompson and later, the Scratch Eye School, southeast of Leon, Iowa.
In 1900, he was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remained faithful until death.
From 1916 until 1917, he homesteaded land in northeastern Montana. He served in the 145th Field Artillery in France in World War I.
He opened his first blacksmith shop in Kellerton in 1925. For the next 48 years he continued to serve the community with his skills. He served Kellerton at various times with terms as city councilman and mayor. He was a member of the American Legion.
He was married to Dora Bartlett of Lamoni from 1929 until her death 14 years later. In 1944, he was united in marriage with Marian Huff of Clarinda and of this union three children were born—Alice May, Bonnie Ann, and Reuben Fred.
His parents, sisters, Mabel and Kezia, and a brother, Eber, preceded him in death.
Those who survive are his widow, Marian; two daughters, Alice May Minthorn of Iowa City, and Bonnie Ann Wilson (Mrs. Wendell) of Oxon Hill, Maryland; a son Reuben Fred of Frankfurt, Germany; a brother, Joseph of Yacolt, Wash; three grandchildren, Craig, Tammy and Lori Wilson; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held March 21, 1973, from the Kellerton United Methodist Church, conducted by Elder Bert Lane. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Lamoni, Iowa.
Published in the Mount Ayr Record News and the Lamoni Chronicle in March 1973.
Submission and transcription by Alice Minthorn Hall, October of 2009
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