Tom Ray Minnick, Major, Retired, US Army Reserve, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at a Scottsdale Hospital after a short illness. Tom,77, was a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona. He served his country proudly in the US Army Reserves from 1967 until his retirement in 2008. Tom Minnick, son of Raymond and Frances Minnick, was born in Chillicothe, MO, on October 15, 1943. Tom was a 1961 graduate of Jamesport MO High School. Tom attended the University of Missouri Columbia, and graduated in1973 with a Master's in Crop Science. After graduation he started as an agronomist for Trojan Seed CO in Des Moines, Iowa. An opportunity working with Peto vegetable seed took him to California and he then moved to Glendale, Arizona after purchasing Liefgreen Seed Co. He had offices in Arizona and New Mexico and exported vegetable seed worldwide. He also established Frontier Seed Co. to capture the Mexican market. Tom owned parent stock of the well known Sweetie 82 sweet corn. Tom had several business ventures in Arizona including Southwest InSEALator/Going Green and IFS Flooring Company. Tom loved restoring muscle cars and this hobby turned into a business partnership with KC Classic Auto in Lenexa, KS. Tom grew up as a farm boy in Lock Springs, MO, and he was still active in farming in the Lock Springs area. He was raised a member of the Lock Springs Methodist Church. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Sharon.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Minnick; brother Ron Minnick (Pam) Lock Springs; nephews: Jerad Minnick (Rebecca) Monrovia, MD; Aaron Minnick(Kathy) Chillicothe, MO; Scott Minnick(Katie) Liberty, MO; niece Emilee Geldart (Dan) Roeland Park, KS. He was also a Great Uncle to Ron and Pam's grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Wickenburg Funeral Home with Memorial graveside services and military honors being held at a later date at the Lock Springs MO Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home, Wickenburg, AZ, and Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lock Springs Fire Protection Association which Tom has supported and been active in since it's 1971 incorporation. You may leave contributions at the Wickenburg Funeral Home (187 N Adams St, Wickenburg, AZ, 85390) or Lindley Funeral Home (P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO, 64601).