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Basil Alonzo Minerd Sr.
(1897-1981)

 

Clark's Chapel Cemetery

Basil Alonzo Minerd Sr. was born on Oct. 10, 1897 in Amesville, Athens County, OH, the son of Jacob and Martha "Bessie" (Buck) Minerd Jr. He had grey eyes and brown hair, and was a farmer.


Basil was married twice. On June 6, 1916, at the age of 19, he wed 18-year-old Augusta Evans (1897- ? ), daughter of Grove and Rebecca (Coen) Evans of Guysville. Rev. O.W. Smith of Guysville officiated. 


Tragically, Augusta died after just a few years of marriage, sometime before 1922.


On April 10, 1922, Basil wed his second wife, Audrey Lonas (1909-1992), a native of Athens, and the daughter of Charles Otto "Ott" and Bessie I. (Carsey) Lonas. He was age 24 at the time, and she was 18. The ceremony was led by Pearl W. Helwig, a justice of the peace in Athens County.

 

Athens County, OH

Their 10 children were Luella "Jean" Beal Secoy, Donna France Creighton, Shirley Morris Fender, Earl Edward "Eddie" Minerd, Basil Alonzo Minerd Jr., Charles Eugene Minerd, Roger Minerd, Gary Minerd, Richard Dow Minerd and Larry Lee Minerd.


One of their daughters recalled hearing that the Minerd family was of Cherokee and Irish descent.


Circa 1918, Basil labored for D. Evans in Guysville. In late August 1927, Audrey made news in the gossip column of the Athens Messenger when she "and children were the guests recently of Mrs. Edgar Burton" in Harmony, Athens County.


When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Basil and Audrey and their family of seven children resided in Athens Township, Athens County. Basil earned a living that year as a road construction laborer.

 

Obituary, 1981

Sadly, their son Richard, a veteran of an ABN infantry regiment during World War II, succumbed at the age of 23 due to heart disease on Feb. 27, 1953, and was buried at Clark's Chapel Cemetery in Athens.

Basil passed away in 1981, at the Logan Health Care Center in Chauncey, OH, at the age of 83. 


Audrey outlived him by 11 years, and died on July 30, 1992. She was laid to rest beside her husband and son Richard at Clark's Chapel Cemetery.


At the time, she was survived by 32 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

 

~ Son Earl Edward Minerd ~

Son Earl Edward Minerd (1922-1996) was born in 1922 in Canaanville, Athens County, OH.


He was a U.S. Army veteran and was twice married. The first union ended in divorce.


At the age of 38, in 1961, he worked in a factory in Columbus, Franklin County, OH.


On Jan. 7, 1961, Earl eloped to Wise County, VA with 33-year-old fellow factory worker Mary (Willison) Corns (1927- ? ). Lee Stanley officiated.
Mary was a native of Pike County, OH and the daughter of Clinton and Mary May (Caldwell) Willison, and was divorced from her first husband.


They resided in Licking County, OH. 


Earl died at home at the age of 74 on Aug. 29, 1996.

~ Daughter Luella "Jean" (Minerd) Secoy ~

Daughter Luella "Jean" Minerd (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. She grew up in Athens Township, Athens County, OH.

Jean was united in holy matrimony with (?) Secoy ( ? - ? ).

 

Basil and Lillian Minerd

~ Son Basil Alonzo Minerd Jr. ~

 

Son Basil Alonzo Minerd Jr. (1927-2001) was born on April 8, 1925 (or 1927) in Meigs or Athens County, OH.


During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. 


Basil was married twice, first to Lillian Elizabeth Greenberg (Jan. 26, 1924- ? ), a native of Cuyahoga County, OH and the daughter of Sam and Sadie R. (Rosenthal) Greenberg. Justice of the peace Ear. Moore presided over the wedding, held on June 25, 1945 in Gallipolis, OH.
At the time of marriage, Lillian was employed as a clerk and lived in Cheshire, Gallia County, OH.


The Minerds produced a family of three children -- Robert Allen Miner, Patricia Thomas and Richard Dean "Rick" Minerd. 

 

World War II era

After the Minerds divorced in about 1954, Basil remained for a time in Middlefield, near Mansfield, OH and in 1958 was found guilty of forging checks.

He married again to Kitty and relocated to Washington State. They lived at Moses Lake near Spokane, Grant County, WA, with a second family of two sons and two daughters.


Lillian was awarded custody of the children in Common Pleas Court of Franklin County in August 1957.


Lillian also married again, to Jesse Rutherford ( ? - ? ). 


Basil died on Nov. 12, 2001, at the age of 74, in Washington State.


Daughter Patricia Ann Minerd (1950?- living) was born on Oct. 1, 1950. At the age of 15, she was joined in wedlock with 17-year-old construction worker Michael Henry Thomas (Oct. 2, 1948-living). He was a native of Madison County, OH and the son of Charles and Betty (Richards) Thomas Jr. The wedding was held on Aug. 10, 1966, officiated by Rev. C.J. Sutorius of Columbus.

Son Richard Dean "Rick" Minerd is the retired Chief of Police in Obetz, a suburb of Columbus, Franklin County, OH, where he spent a decade in law enforcement. Earlier in his career, he worked for 10 years as a public affairs officer with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and was frequently quoted in hundreds of news stories in the Columbus Dispatch and on radio and television in connection with crime-fighting activities. He was quoted in Time Magazine (Dec. 15, 2003) for his work to help catch a sniper along Ohio's Interstate 270 who had gunned down numerous motorists before being captured. Rick also has been quoted or mentioned in the New York Times, USA Today and Cleveland Plain Dealer. In 1991, he appeared on a segment of television's America's Most Wanted with John Walsh to apprehend an escaped rapist. Prior to his career as a police officer, he was a radio news, sports and talk-show broadcaster with some of the most popular radio stations in Columbus -- WTVN, WCOL, WNCI and WMNI. Rick considered but did not pursue an election campaign in 2008 for the office of Sheriff of Franklin County. In 2009, he authored his memoirs, Life Is A Jukebox: Real Stories of Triumphs and Tragedies, issued by Trafford Publishing and available on Amazon.com. The volume is described as "a police chief's look back at both sides of the police tape and the unlikely circumstances that made him step from one side to the other." He also is the author of Honey, I Promise! and Deputy in Disguise. In 2013, he was a guest panelist at the national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion, speaking on the topic of "What's Your Legacy?"

 

  

Richard Dean "Rick" Minerd in his two primary careers -- as a Columbus radio personality (circa 1984) and later as chief of police in Obetz, OH (2005). Below, Rick's books Life Is a Jukebox, Honey, I Promise! and Deputy in Disguise.

     

 

~ Son Charles Eugene Minerd ~

Son Charles Eugene Minerd (1931-1991) was born on Oct. 28, 1931 in Athens County, OH.

On Jan. 8, 1953, at the age of 21, he was joined in the bonds of wedlock with his first wife, Marie Cunningham ( ? - ? ). Their nuptials were held in Indiana.

Then circa 1957, he married his second bride, Carolyn Marie Lowe ( ? - ? ), daughter of Goldie Lowe. They resided in Millfield and Springfield, Clark County, OH.

The Minerds had eight children -- Terry Dean Minerd, Charles Dwayne "Chuck" Minerd, Steven Ray Minerd, Douglas Minerd, Mark Minerd, Melinda Marie "Mindy" McBurnett, Ronald Aaron "Ronnie" Minerd and Donald Allen "Donnie" Minerd.

The marriage almost immediately began to suffer from troubles. In 1957, Carolyn's mother filed charges against Charles for assault and battery. Two years later, he ran afoul of the law in 1959 when he tried to pass bad checks at a grocery store in Washington Court House, OH.

The couple divorced after 23 years of marriage, with the decree handed down on Dec. 5, 1980.

Charles appears to have wedded a third time to Karen L. ( ? - ? ). Their union lasted about a year, and the pair divorced in Clark County on March 10, 1986.

Then at the age of 59, on June 2, 1991, Charles was united in matrimony once more to 29-year-old Tamara Kay Gallagher ( ? - ? ). He disclosed that it was his fifth marriage. At the time, he was a structural metal worker in the construction industry.

Charles and Tamara bore a son, Dustin Ray Minerd.

Sadly, the last marriage only spanned a few months. At the age of 59, Charles died in Springfield on Aug. 8, 1991. Burial of the remains was in Sunset Cemetery in Galloway, Franklin County, OH.

In 1981, Carolyn remarried to Paul Thomas "Tom" Earles (Sept. 12, 1934-2009) and continued living in Springfield. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and worked as a painter. Tom died at the age of 74 on Sept. 1, 2009, with an obituary appearing in the Springfield News-Sun. Carolyn outlived her second husband by at least a decade. She was in Springfield in 2019.

Son Charles Dwayne "Chuck" Minerd (1957-1994) was born on Sept. 9, 1957 in Springfield, Clark County. He was joined together in marital union with Teresa Ann Barcus ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Bradley Dwayne Minerd. He also married Kathy Lee Minerd ( ? - ? ) and together they bore a daughter, Kami Nichole Minerd. Circa 1994, he earned a living as a construction worker. Clues suggest that he was badly injured and rushed to a local hospital, where he died at the age of 36, on Jan. 4, 1994, in Kettering, Montgomery County, OH.

  • Grandson Bradley Dwayne Minerd
  • Granddaughter Kami Nichole Minerd

Son Steven Ray Minerd (1959-1977) was born on New Year's Day 1959 in Athens, Athens County, OH. He dwelled in Columbus, Franklin County, OH in the spring of 1977. Horror blanketed the family when the 18-year-old Steven was driving with 14-year-old friend in his 1964 Ford Mustang. While near Circleville, OH, the car plunged into Deer Creek Lake near a boat launch at Harding Cabin. The friend's body was found the next morning, but it took Pickaway County scuba divers all day to locate Steven's remains tangled in underwatern brush. He sleeps in eternal peace in Sunset Cemetery in Galloway, Franklin County, OH.

Son Terry Dean Minerd (1960-2011) was born on July 14, 1960 in Springfield. He and his wife April had one daughter, Brittany Ann Gundolf. Terry was a U.S. Army veteran and enjoyed NASCAR racing. Later, April married (?) Skelton and remained in Springfield. He died on Nov. 4, 2011, at the age of 51, with his photograph and obituary published in the Springfield News-Sun. Rev. Rick Clos officiated at the funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Brittany Ann Minerd studied at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL in 2007. She was joined in wedlock with Kyle Mason Gundolf, son of Dwayne K. and Vicki L. Gundolf of Springfield. At the time, he was employed in Panama City by the U.S. Air Force and held a fire fighter degree from the Air Force Fire Academy. News of their engagement was published in the Springfield News-Sun.

Son Douglas Minerd wedded Paula (?) and lived in Columbus, Franklin County, OH in 2011.

Son Mark Minerd was united in matrimony with Amy (?). They lived in Springfield, Clark County, OH and were the parents of Aaron Dale Minerd, Luke Joseph Minerd, Karla Ranee Stapleton and perhaps others including Wednesday Breslin. The couple divorced. Mark relocated to Georgia by 2011 and in 2019 was a companion to Hope Silvers Wilson, while Amy wedded (?) Bayes and migrated to Cincinnati. In June 2017, she and her son Luke made news when they traveled to Bowling Green, KY to see the 23rd annual HOT ROD Power Tour at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.

  • Grandson Aaron Dale Minerd (1965-2020) was born in about 1985. Over the years, he dwelled in Springfield. He was in trouble with the law at the age of 20 when found guilty of obstruction of justice in June 2005. On the tragic day of Aug. 14, 2020, in Springfield, he "shot two people at a Speedway gas station, then shot two women at the apartment building" where he resided on South Burnett Road, reported WHIO-TV. The 35-year-old Aaron then turned the gun and shot himself in the head, dying a short time later. Authorities ruled the death self-inflicted. All four victims were expected to live.
  • Grandson Luke Joseph Minerd (2001-2018) was born on Jan. 29, 2001. He made his home in Fairfield, Butler County, OH where he was a junior at Fairfield High School. He was "an avid hot rod fan," reported the Bowling Green (KY) Daily News. On the horrific day of May 18, 2018, the 17-year-old led police in a high speed vehicle chase away from Joyce Park and tragically was killed when his car collided with a tree along Joe Nuxhall Boulevard. The accident was covered in the Butler County Journal-News.
  • Granddaughter Karla Ranee Minerd ( ? -living) was born in about 2002. Circa 2006, at the age of about 24, she married 23-year-old filament winder Robert Lee Stapleton, son of Anna Stapleton. News of their marriage license was printed in the Springfield News-Sun. Their five known offspring are Travis Lee Stapleton, Robert Charles Lee Stapleton, Briana Marie Enolia Stapleton, Myah Marie Stapleton and Octavia Faith Marie Stapleton. Grief cascaded over the family when daughter Octavia died on May 17, 2019 at only 20 days of age at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. An obituary was published in the News-Sun, stating that Rev. Chuck Graham would officiate at the funeral with burial in Glen Forest Cemetery.

Daughter Melinda Marie "Mindy" Minerd was joined in wedlock with Steve McBurnett and made their home in 2011 in Georgia.

Son Ronald Aaron "Ronnie" Minerd (1965-living) was born in about 1965. He has resided in Springfield, OH.

Son Donald Allen "Donnie" Minerd wedded Maggie (?). In 2011, they lived in New Carlisle, OH.

Son Dustin Ray Minerd (1989-living) was born in about 1989. A host of news stories shows that he has been in trouble with law enforcement in Clark County numerous times over the years, ranging from theft and vehicular offenses to resisting arrest and possession of drugs.

 

~ Daughter Shirley (Minerd) Morris Fender ~

Daughter Shirley A. Minerd (1936-2009) was born in 1936.

She married (?) Morris and (?) Fender but later in life used her maiden name.

Shirley bore two children -- Ronald Morris and Debra Perez. 

Said the Athens Messenger, Shirley resided in Glouster and "was a member of the Jacksonville Eagles and was an avid bingo player." 

She passed away at the age of 73 on June 10, 2009. Interment was at Clarks Chapel Cemetery. At the time of her passing, she was survived by 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Son Ronald Morris married Sue. Their home in 2009 was in Columbus, Franklin County, OH.

Daughter Debra Morris wedded (?) Perez. She lived in Columbus in 2009.

 

~ Daughter Donna (Minerd) France Creighton ~

Daughter Donna Minerd (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939 in Athens Township, Athens County.

On Sept. 24, 1958, she married 24-year-old Merle Arthur France (Aug. 31, 1934-2012), son of Ivan and Ruth France of Nelsonville. They were wed at New Martinsville, Wetzel County, WV, by the hand of Rev. W.H. Sliter. At the time of marriage, both Donna and Merle both resided in Sistersville, WV. 

The couple produced these known children -- Vern France, Lynn Minerd France, Gregory France, Audrey France, Michael "Mike" France and an unnamed infant daughter who died shortly after birth in February 1964 Bethesda Hospital. The baby's remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

Merle served as a private in the U.S. Army

Circa 1964, their home was at 805 Shinnick Street in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH.

Later, after a divorce, she wed (?) Creighton ( ? - ? ) and made her residence in Athens.

Merle spent his years in The Plains, Athens County. He succumbed at the age of 77 on April 13, 2012 while a patient in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. At his request, his remains were cremated and placed into repose in Clarks Chapel Cemetery. His survivors included 13 grandchildren and 14 geat-grandchildren. An obituary appeared in the Athens Messenger.

Son Vern France married Cara (?). In 2012, their home was in Athens, OH.

Lynn Minerd France dwelled in Athens in 2012.

Son Michael "Mike" France wedded Kylena ( ? ). They resided in Wilmington, OH.

Daughter Tina Marie France was deceased by 2012.

Son Gregory Allen France (1961-1986) was born on July 10, 1961. He died three days after his 25th birthday on July 13, 1986. Interment was in Clarks Chapel Cemetery in Athens County.

 

~ Son Larry Lee Minerd ~

Larry Lee Minerd (1941-1972) was born in 1941. He faced a lifetime of run-ins with the law, leading to his tragic death. 

In November 1969, wanted by the Adult Parole authority in Athens, he was apprehended in Temple, NH. State troopers in New Hampshire identified him through the National Crime Investigation Center (NCIC). Extradited back to Athens County, he faced legal charges there. In the 1970s, he made his home in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. 

Tragically, while in Atlanta at the age of 31, he was mortally shot by a rookie police officer in December 1972 when he held up an employment office and held a teenage girl at gunpoint as a hostage. The story was covered by the Associated Press wires and made headlines in newspapers around the country.

 

~ Son Roy "Roger" Minerd ~

 

Clark's Chapel Cemetery

Son Roy "Roger" Minerd (1945-2004) was born in 1945.

He and married Billie Jo Dixon Kiraly (Oct. 4, 1948-2015), daughter of Charles and Harriett Dixon and adopted daughter of Danny and Mabel Kiraly. She was a native of Hollister, OH.

The couple produced two children -- Roger D. Minerd Sr. and Brenda Moore.

After a separation, Billie Jo began keeping company with Rodney Wright and they remained together in Hollister for the next 32 years until the separation of death. She and Roger divorced in 1986, and she carried the "Minerd" name for the rest of her life. She enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, camping, raccoon hunting and watching television evangelist Rod Parsley. She and here friends Judy and Jack Hogsett frequently played cards together, and she considered friend George Hogsett as a son.

Roger lived at Glouster, where he was a member of the Glouster Eagles. 

On Halloween 2004, tragedy struck. While "participating in Glouster's trick-or-treating ... his homemade 'swamp man' costume caught fire ... while he was giving out candy," said the Athens Messenger. He died of his burns on Nov. 2, 2004, at Ohio State University's Medical Center in Columbus. He was laid to rest in Clark's Chapel Cemetery.

Billie Jo passed away at Fairfield Medical Center in Fairfield, Lancaster County, OH at the age of 66 on Aug. 8, 2015. An obituary in the Athens Messenger noted that she was survived by nine grandchildren, all of them living in Glouster. Rev. John Wright led her funeral service at the Bishopville Church of Christ, with burial in Hollister Cemetery.

Son Roger Minerd wedded Misty (?) and lived in Glouster.

Daughter Brenda Minerd was married to (?) Moore at one time. In 2015, her home was in Glouster.

 

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