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Gayle Eugene McMinn died at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, as a result of a farming accident. He was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Kokomo. He was the only son of Robert and Hazel (Heaton) McMinn. He married Peggy Lynn (Brovont) on Dec. 21, 1969.
Gayle was a 1966 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Taylor University in 1970. During his high school years, he broke several records as a member of the WHS track team and was nicknamed "Flash." He continued to follow his children and grandchildren in their school activities and sporting events.
Gayle grew up in Russiaville Friends Church. He was a member and elder of Fair Havens Christian Missionary Alliance Church. He also served on the church board, taught adult Sunday school and was a leader of a Bible study group. He was known as a godly man and loved to share his faith with others. He was a farmer for more than 45 years, operating McMinn Farms with his son, Scott. Twenty-two of those years he also sold Moorman Feed. Farming was not only his occupation but his hobby. He especially enjoyed sharing his farming knowledge to his grandson, Austin. Gayle and his family were a part of the Hostel Exchange students through the years. He also enjoyed doing puzzles, reading, playing cards, Sudoko and the Green Bay Packers. Gayle served on the Howard County Farm Bureau Inc. Board, Howard County Extension Board, and was a former member of the Indiana Young Farmers Association.
Survivors include his spouse of 48 years, Peggy Lynn, Russiaville; sons, Scott (Christine) McMinn, Russiaville; Rob (Patti) McMinn, Gainesville, Florida; daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Collins, Russiaville; grandchildren, Allison and Austin McMinn, Russiaville, Ethan and Cameron McMinn, Gainesville, Florida, Dylan and Mackenzie Collins, Russiaville.
He was preceded in death by his father in September 1957, his mother in October 2001, and his grandparents, Charlie and Eva Heaton.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Fair Havens Christian Missionary Assembly, 1216 S. 300 West, Russiaville, with Pastors John Zwirn and Jon Bond officiating. Burial will follow at New London Cemetery. Viewing is 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Stout Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville.
We wish to thank family and friends for their loving support. Memorial donations may be made to the Fair Havens Christian Missionary Assembly. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com.
Published on November 9, 2017
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