WAUNETA -- Riley Paxton Mintling, 77, died Friday (May 17, 2002) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.
He was born August 16, 1924, to William Leslie and Ethel Dee (Barrett) Mintling in a sod house in Hayes County near Camp Duke Alexis. He grew up in Hayes County and graduated from Hayes County high school in 1942. He farmed for a short time near Hayes Center. In 1947, he started his own business, Mintling Construction.
On June 9, 1949, he married Betty Marie Jaycox.
He was a member of Masons, Eastern Star, Elks Lodge and the Methodist Church where he served as a layman. He was a carter member of the Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association and participated in the National Soil Conservation Society. He also served on the City Councils in Wauneta and Palisade, the Park Board in Wauneta and the School Board in Palisade. He was also active in the Community Service Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Veta Vollmer; one brother, Merle; and a daughter, Pamra.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; one son, Riley, Jr. and wife, Jana of Wauneta; two daughters, Penni and husband, Phil Smith of San Angelo, Texas and Polly and husband, Steve Carse of Los Osos, Calif.; two brothers, Richard Mintling and wife, Mary Lou of Kearney and Dean Mintling and wife, Betty Jean of Boulder, Colo.; three sisters, Eldean Shores of Oregon, Neva Loomis of Goodland, Kan. and Twila and husband Keith Burkert of Hayes Center; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. (CST), at the United Methodist Church in Palisade with the Rev. Michael Laing officiating. Interment will follow in the Palisade Cemetery.
Visitation will be today until 6 p.m. (MDT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.