Floyd Minnick, age 88, of Olivia died Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia with Rev. John Haddorff officiating. Burial will follow in the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation for Floyd is Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues there Thursday for one hour prior to the service.
Floyd Wayne Minnick was born January 30, 1930 in Marshall, MN, to Orville and Ellen (Lange) Minnick. He attended Marshall Public Schools and after graduation attended Minneapolis Business College. Floyd served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard. On August 10, 1952 he was united in marriage to Edna Wilson and their marriage was blessed with five children. Much of Floyd’s life was spent in law enforcement having started his career as a Marshall police officer. He joined the Minnesota State Patrol in 1955 and was stationed in Olivia until his retirement in 1988. While in the State Patrol he served as President of the Troopers Association from 1980 – 1986 and was instrumental in starting the MN Trooper Magazine in 1985. Even after retirement Floyd couldn’t be without a badge, so for 10 years he was a security guard at Jackpot Junction. Floyd was active in Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia, Cross Roads Community United Methodist Church in Spicer, and the American Legion. Floyd and Edna had loved to golf and go antique shopping together. He enjoyed hunting in his younger years and going on sportsman guided fishing trips while visiting his daughter in Alaska. He was also an avid reader, especially enjoying WWII history.
Floyd is survived by his children: Greg (Cynthia) Minnick, Demaree Braun, Laurie Duncan, Jill Minnick, and Mary (Andrew Daniels) Minnick-Daniels; his siblings: Maynard (Jean) Minnick, Joan (Bob) Alley, Jeanine DeGriselles (and Jack Haddorff), and David (and Becky) Graffunder; his grandchildren: Kevin (Laura) Minnick, Amy (Matt) Jaskowiak, Michael Braun, Mark (Kristen) Braun, Kelly Ray (Marcie) Duncan, Melinda (Danny) Dykema, Chase Duncan (and Tiffany), Maryse Minnick Abrahams (and Aaron Birr), Taylor Daniels, and Jakob Daniels; and his 15 great grandchildren. Floyd was preceded in death by his beloved wife Edna; parents Orville and Ellen; step-father Ted Graffunder; brothers Duane Minnick and Ted Graffunder, Jr.; and grandson Matthew Braun.
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