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Richard Minner

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Minner, Richard “Dick”, 84, Johnstown, died December 7, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. Born in New Castle, PA on December 13, 1930 to Bryan and Irene (Rodgers) Minner. Preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Doris Applegate and Patricia Newton. Survived by his wife Myla J. Minner, Johnstown; his brother Jim Minner, New Castle; numerous nieces and nephews; his friend since childhood Victor Pence. Vic was a pilot and planted the seed for Dick’s love of flying. Dick served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp for 4 years, and served 3 of those years in Germany, started his career flying out of the New Castle airport where served as a well respected flight instructor. He eventually left that position to begin employment at Beckett Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio as a corporate pilot, from there he went on to Wilmington, Delaware where he worked for Altair Airlines out of Philadelphia International Airport, after three and a half years, he was employed by Page Airways out of West Mifflin airport as a corporate pilot. After a few years, he and Myla moved to Johnstown and began his career with Crown American where he flew the Pasquarella’s Learjet. During the filming of “Slapshot” Dick had the opportunity to fly Paul Newman to his home in Connecticut for the Easter holiday. He had several oppurtunities to fly other celebrities in and out of Johnstown that Mr. Pasquarella brought in to visit the War memorial, in the span of his career he piloted flights for Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan (before he was President), Bert Conves, Joan Rivers, just to name a few. He also flew with Arthur Godfrey in an Air Show at Beaver Falls Airport. He also drove a school bus for McIlwain. He loved his motorcycles, playing Double Deck Pinochle and traveling in his RV, his favorite was a 2 month trip to Alaska. He missed his times at McDonald’s where he would go and have coffee with his friends, especially his friend Ben Ciccone. He was a wonderful and loving husband, and the type of guy who would help anyone and not expect anything in return. His wife Myla would like to thank Grane Hospice for the wonderful care that Dick received at home, especially Mike Rager R.N., who went out of his way to assist in Dick’s care, the aides, Jordan Dobransky and Barb Scappino who gave Dick excellent care, as well as Chaplain Dale Dibernardinis. She would also like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Myla, would also like to give special thanks to neighbors Vicky and Don Balzarano, and Don’s father Tony who went beyond what you would expect of neighbors, she didn’t know what she would have done without Tony’s assistance in Dick’s care at home. At the request of the deceased there will be no visitation, and services will be held privately at the Convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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