David L.'s Story
David L. Minner, 73, of Bethel-Wilmington Road, New Wilmington, Shenango Township, passed away the afternoon of Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his family's residence, after fighting pulmonary fibrosis for a number of years.
Dave was called into Heaven, by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcoming him, into his Eternal Home, was the love of his life, his wife, Vonda Lee (Patterson) Minner.
Dave was born in New Castle on March 10, 1945, to Clarence and Betty (McClenahan) Minner.
Dave was a 1963 graduate of West Middlesex High School. He then attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Dave married his high school sweetheart, Vonda, on July 16, 1966, at the Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. Dave and Vonda have a daughter, Heidi Aileen (Minner) Minor, whom they welcomed into their lives on Sept. 20, 1972.
Dave was a member of Lebanon United Presbyterian Church.
He was also a member of the PA Holstein Association, Mercer County Holstein Club, where he served as a past president, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation and North American Hunting Club.
Dave lived his entire life, on the family's dairy farm, which became known as West~Branch Holsteins. He and his brother, Bob, worked side-by-side making the farm into something they have been very proud of. Dave's passion was for the farm and fields. He loved his family and doing all he could for and with them.
Dave loved hunting locally and out west. He enjoyed fishing, however, there was nothing he loved more than to make memories with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, at the farm and in the woods.
David is survived by his daughter, Heidi (Steve) Minor; three grandchildren, Amanda (Scott) Duncan, Adam Minor and his fiance Kristine, and Austin Minor, all of Grove City. The joy of his life was his great-granddaughter, Alivia Aileen Duncan. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Norma Minner (wife of the late Paul Minner) of Mercer; his sister, Libby Miller of New Castle; his brother, Bob Minner and his wife, Ann, of West Middlesex; and sister, Janet White, wife of Dick White, of Wexford; sister-in-law, Susan Forsman of Jacksonville, Florida; stepmother-in-law, Marian Patterson Robson of Jacksonville, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kevin Minner and Paul L. Minner; and his beloved wife, Vonda.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith Funeral Home, New Wilmington, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road, Mercer.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Pastor Tom Wilson, assistant pastor, and the Rev. Augie Hurst officiating.
Interment will be in Union Home Cemetery, Scrubgrass Road, Wolf Creek Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Aid Society, 350 W. Market St., Mercer, PA 16137; or Three Rivers Hospice, New Castle.
Published on April 15, 2018