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Harry J. Minnemeyer

July 12, 1932 — May 13, 2015

Harry J. Minnemeyer

Harry Joseph Minnemeyer, age 82, died peacefully on May 13, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, surrounded by his family.

Harry was born on July 12, 1932, in Buffalo, New York to Harry Lucas and Veronica Ann (Odien) Minnemeyer, both deceased. He graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1950 and attended Canisius College until 1952. He served in the US Air Force in radio communications at Neubiberg Air Base near Munich, Germany. Shortly afterwards he earned his BA degree (1958) and his PhD in Chemistry (1962) at the University of Buffalo, now the State University of New York at Buffalo. He moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1970 to work as a research chemist at Lorillard Tobacco Company, eventually becoming Director of Research. In 2001, Harry married Carla Sue Goforth and they later moved to New Haven, Illinois.

Harry was an avid gardener, and enjoyed photography, geology, cartography, railroads, and investing.

Harry is survived by three daughters, Julia (Michael) Dumont of Corona del Mar, CA, Susan (Tom) Carter of Washington, DC and Sarah (David) Michailof of Riverdale, MD; former wife Marilyn Lockwood of Washington, DC; two stepdaughters, Nickie (Alan) Evans and Brigitte (Willie) Browning of New Haven, IL; brother, Charles (Joyce) Minnemeyer of York, PA; three sisters, Janice (Donald) Schmidt, Joan (Edward) Witucki, and Anne Marie Minnemeyer, all of Port Richey, FL; grandchildren, Alison Michailof, Lucas Michailof, Rowan Carter, Henry Carter; step-grandchildren Erin (Rob) Gmerek, Cory Evans, Adam Goforth, Hailey Browning, Jordan Evans, Paige Browning; step-great-grandchildren, Travis, Alan and Jeffrey Gmerek.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carla Sue Goforth Minnemeyer, and his parents.

Visitation for Harry will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven, IL. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Union Ridge Presbyterian cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the New Haven Community Center following the service.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in his memory to Just Us for New Haven at the funeral home or mailed to Brigitte Browning, 821 Marshall Street, New Haven, IL 62867.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at

Visitation - Friday, May 15, 2015
5 - 8 PM
Cox & Son - New Haven Chapel

Funeral Saturday, May 16, 2015
11:00 AM
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