THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Richard John Mintken, 76, of The Villages, Florida, was born on July 29, 1944 in Fremont, Nebraska, to Curtis Mintken and Wilma Krohn Mintken.
Wealthy was raised on a farm close to Fremont together with his dad and mom and 5 siblings. In 1962, Wealthy graduated Hooper Excessive College as a four-sport athlete.
Wealthy attended Wayne State Faculty, earned a B.A. in schooling in 1967 and lettered in soccer. He continued his schooling incomes his grasp’s diploma from Lesley Faculty in 1995. Whereas at Wayne State, Wealthy met his finest buddy, Genie Block, from Nemaha, Indiana, they usually loved 55 years of marriage.
Wealthy and Genie moved to Milwaukee, the place he started his 32-year educating and training profession in West Allis with the West Milwaukee Faculties. He labored as bodily schooling trainer and head coach for soccer, wrestling, and weightlifting at West Milwaukee Excessive College. Wealthy made an enduring influence on many college students that lasted a lifetime. Wealthy based the Milwaukee YMCA Barbell Membership and arranged many weightlifting, powerlifting and physique meets on the YMCA, Summerfest, and Wisconsin State Honest.
In 1975, Wealthy and Genie moved to Delafield, Wisconsin. They have been lively members of the Nagawicka Lake Yacht Membership, the place Wealthy served as commodore. They have been additionally lively members of Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Wealthy cherished life on the lake the place he and his household loved crusing, fishing and boating. Over time, Wealthy and Genie opened their dwelling to numerous mates & household.
Upon retirement in 1999, Wealthy and Genie moved north to the Higher Peninsula of Michigan (U.P.) the place they embraced life as Yoopers for over 20 years. They made numerous friendships throughout the Keweenaw and volunteered at each alternative. Wealthy crammed his schedule as a docent on the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, a trustee on the KCHS Board, and volunteered numerous hours restoring the historic Homosexual College in Homosexual.
Wealthy loved his weekly gatherings with the Posse operating group and cherished their friendship. Yearly, the Posse ran the primary 5 miles of the Michigan Torch Run. Wealthy and Genie lived on the shores of Lake Superior, and once more, opened their doorways to extra household and mates. They cherished sharing campfires on the seashore and watching the sunsets.
Beginning in 2004, they divided their time between the U.P. and Florida. The snowbirds shortly developed new mates and located extra alternatives to contribute at Rail’s Finish in Wildwood. In 2014, they moved to The Villages to get pleasure from an lively life-style, nightly music and golf programs. Golf grew to become a ardour for this lively couple. They performed numerous holes of league play, together with informal outings with household & mates. In Could, 2020, they each celebrated hole-in-ones. Wealthy and Genie have been lively within the Lake Deaton United Methodist Church.
Over time, Wealthy remained true to his roots, cheering on his Huskers and Packers. He cherished touring and exploring the U.S. and Canada. Wealthy remained devoted to athletics all through his life. Even throughout retirement, Wealthy refused to decelerate. He was an achieved athlete and certified for eight Nationwide Senior Video games within the shot put, discus, hammer and powerlifting occasions and received many gold medals. He additionally competed in two Huntsman World Video games. He continued as a volunteer coach for the Wildwood Center College Observe & Discipline throwers and as a member of the Wildwood Center College Booster Membership. “Do your finest, it’s the finest you are able to do. The remainder will all work out.” – Coach Mintken.
Wealthy had competed and coached the day earlier than a sudden mind tumor prognosis. Wealthy and household are grateful for quite a few family and friends that came visiting. He was blessed with loving care from household, Shands Hospital and Cornerstone Dwelling Hospice. Wealthy handed away peacefully Could 30, 2021, with Genie, Randy and Tamera at his facet.
Wealthy is survived by his spouse, Genie; their youngsters, Randy (Quanmin, Nicky), Tamera (Scott, Cal, Sam); sisters, Cindy (Dan), Donna (Greg), Judy; sister-in-law, Joyce; sister-in-law, Merilyn (Mike); brother-in-law, Tom (Bev); nieces, Maria, Melanie, Monique and Laurie; and nephews, Mike and Alex.
Wealthy was preceded by his dad and mom; in-laws, Merlyn and Betsy; brothers, Gary, toddler brother, Larry, and Stanley; brother-law, Kent; and a niece, Daybreak.
We’ll at all times bear in mind Wealthy’s massive coronary heart & beneficiant spirit. He’ll proceed to encourage and information us. Thanks for being a part of his journey. Honor him by residing life to the fullest. Particulars for a celebration of life can be shared at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations could also be despatched to: KCHS Homosexual College Museum, Homosexual College Museum, 670 Lighthouse Street, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Mohawk United Methodist: P.O. Field 76, Mohawk, MI 49950, or Grace United Methodist, 201 Isle Royale Avenue, Houghton, MI 49931.