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Donald Minch

Donald Minch

Donald Gregory Minch, "Butch", passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, after a brief stay on the Avenue of Honor, VA Medical Center, Erie PA.  He was born on April 16, 1940 in Pittsburgh PA, son of the late Harry J. and Catherine C. Minch.  He joined the USMC at 17, served a year in Okinawa and served aboard a Navy ship on the Mediterranean where he saw action in Beirut Lebanon in 1958.  Butch re-entered the Marine Corps to serve in the war in Vietnam, serving in A company 3rd Tank battalion, USMC where he drove an M48 tank (Patton tank) in Con Thien during the TET offensive in 1968.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming and canoeing with his wife, friends, brother, nephews and uncle.  He was usually seen with his loyal dog Thor.  Butch retired from Parker-White Metal in 2003.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 45 years, Janice Randall Minch, and his older brother Harry E. Minch.  He is sadly missed by his sister, Evelyn Minch (Toshiro Nakamura), his uncle, Ed Minch (Mary), his nephews, Steve Eagley, (Jen), and 2 grandnieces, and Jason (Debbie) and 3 grandnephews, and niece, Jess Minch Barber (Bobby) and 3 grandnieces. He will be missed by his friends at the Edinboro and Albion VFWs, American Legion Post 615, and his friend Denny Adamson for their visits to the casino. Butch supported the Museum of the USMC in Quantico, VA where he toured with his sister and husband after visits to Arlington National Cemetery where their brother is buried.  Two commemorative bricks are laid side by side in the park at the museum, engraved with Butch and his brother Harry's names and ranks.  If you ever visit this beautiful museum, look for the bricks, #'s 28930 and 28931. To make a donation in his memory, Butch supported several charities, especially Toys for Tots, DAV, and Wounded Warriors.  The family thanks the hospice at VA in Erie for their wonderful care during his final days.  There is no viewing, and funeral arrangements are private.  The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, handled the funeral arrangements.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


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