Sammie Minor

Sammie Joe Minor

Monday, February 11th, 1929 - Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
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Sammie Joe Minor, age 90, was born in 1929 to Roy and Lilly Minor.

He graduated from Fairgrove High School in 1947 and married his wife of 69 year, Mary, in 1950.

He was drafted into the Korean War in 1951, serving in the Army. After his military service, he was employed by the Springfield Missouri Fire Department, where he worked until 1969, when job-related health issues forced his retirement.

He was a life-long volunteer, dedicated to youth, as a Boy Scout scoutmaster, coaching basketball teams at the Springfield Boys’ Club, and coaching baseball teams in the Kiwanis Club baseball program. He was particularly proud of the baseball team Superior Tilers, which he coached with Sam Miller and Ben Scott, and was undefeated its first year, winning all the season’s 19 games. After retirement from the Fire Department, he managed the Optimist Club’s Youth Center and was the Director of the local Soapbox Derby one year. He also loved to ride horses and boating and water skiing on Table Rock Lake. Over the years he was a member of the Odd Fellows, Optimist Club, and VFW. As a VFW member he participated in Honor Guard Ceremonies.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Barbara Minor, in May of this year, and by his brother, Clarence Minor.

Sammie is survived by his sister, Faye Price, sons Chris (Karen) and Mike, granddaughter Lindsay Skarsten (Jason), grandson Kyle Minor (Brandy), and great-grandchildren, Stella, Rhett, Cy, Braxton, and Blakely, one niece; LeAnn Rowe (Greg).

Visitation will be held from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri. Funeral services will begin at 12:30 pm with Pastor Vaughn Weatherford officiating. Interment will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65802

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 12:30pm
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Vaughn Weatherford
  • Interment

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 2:00pm
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    5201 S. Southwood Road
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Posted at 09:40am
Sam was my baseball and basketball coach for 2-3 years in the early sixties on the Superior Tilers teams. What a wonderful coach and person. Very passionate and caring on and off the field and court.Taught me how to water ski down at Aunts Creek when I really didn't even like to swim.
Sam and Chris reached out to help me in junior high when i was going thru some rough times , forever grateful for that helping hand. May God bless the Minor family during this trying time.

Dudley White

Jim Spivy

Posted at 12:21am
Sam and my dad, Clarence Spivy, worked on the “A” shift at old #5 fire station
back in the early 1960s. RIP, Sam!

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