Born January 16, 1945 in Albany, CA, to Alvin H. Mineart and Mary E. (Mullin) Mineart, Paul was raised in Mason City, IA, attended Holy Family Grade School and graduated in 1963 from Newman Catholic High School where he was a talented basketball player. Drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict along with his younger brother David, he served a tour of duty at Fort Leonard Wood AFB, honorably discharged in 1971. Paul’s friends and coworkers knew him as “Pete,” a nickname he claimed long ago for his paternal grandfather. Following a 38 year career with Fawn Manufacturing in Des Moines, as a forklift operator, Paul retired in 2011 and spent time enjoying his pets immensely (Callie his cat, Maddie his dog), smoking copious amounts of food to share, and took up the hobby of collecting and shooting rifles and small hand guns. He also took great pride in do-it-yourself home repairs. He had many good neighbors met ‘over the fence’ and enjoyed conversations with them daily. He is fondly remembered for being a staunch Democrat and getting into “friendly” but heated debates with his younger brother Steven on Facebook. Paul’s booming presence was a centerpiece of family get-togethers as he kept the conversations lively and humorous.
Paul “Pete” will be greatly missed by his family: sisters Patricia (Mineart) and Joseph Moroney of Des Moines, Lori (Mineart) Thompson, a brother Steven Mineart both of Mason City; nephews Michael and Kristin Moroney, Timothy and Carol Moroney and Joseph G. Moroney all of Des Moines; Brendan and Shealyn (Brunsvold) Thompson of Glendale, CA; nieces Mallorie Thompson of Mason City, Catherine Mineart of Savannah, GA; great-nephews/nieces; two aunts and one uncle; plus many cousins across the country who he grew up with and missed over the years due to distance. Paul was grateful for a summer family reunion in 2014 where he was fortunate to meet some of those “crazy” relatives for the first time.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, three uncles and younger brother.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustin Catholic Church Chapel in Des Moines, Tuesday, April 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m., with visitation with family at 10:00 a.m. Details will be posted in the Tuesday Globe Gazette in Mason City regarding Interment at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery later that week where family and friends are welcomed to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.