|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 2012|
My Uncle Marvin died peacefully in his own bed in his apartment at 900 Lincoln Club Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, at 11:11 AM, where he had lived since March 2010. He had apparently had a massive stroke eight days previously and was unable to talk or swallow afterwards. His wishes to not be taken to a hospital to die were honored.
He was born in Suburban Hospital, just a couple blocks from the house he was raised in at 316 McKinley Ave in Avalon. He lived there with his grandparents and parents and his growing family, but by the time his brother was born in 1929, they had moved to Oklahoma, leaving his grandparents there by themselves.
By the early 1930s his parents had bought the McKinley Ave house from his grandparents, and he lived there until 1969. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps towards the end of WWII and spent 16 months in Italy, mostly demolishing planes and other equipment. Back home he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and got a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
He got a job with Mesta Machine, and worked there for 30 years. He went to night school and got a Masters Degree in M.E. and passed the test to become a Professional Engineer. His sister tried to get him to go to work for U.S. Steel whenever they were hiring engineers through the years, but he preferred to stay where he was. In 1969 he and his parents sold the McKinley Ave house and bought a house at 120 Siebert Rd. He retired in 1981, just as soon as he was eligible for his pension.
A little over a year before he died he told me that he had always hoped to get married and have a family, but that he had never met the right woman, so it never happened. While sitting with him during the last week of his life, my aunt told me that another big factor for neither of them ever marrying was the mess of a marriage their younger brother had. Betty said that she had heard Marvin say many times that he would never have stood for the crap that Bob put up with for so many years.
He was an avid photographer and had his own darkroom, making black and white prints and enlargements from pictures he had taken as well as from old negatives of various family photos. He built many electronic devices from Heath Kits, including TVs and an organ. He loved classical music, and had a very extensive collection of record albums of many of the classics. He got rid of most of his "stuff" in garage sales in the 1990s, and stuck to listening to WQED on his BOSE radio after that.
In retirement, and especially after my grandmother died, he became more interested in Family History, and began visiting the cemeteries where so many of our ancestors are buried. He sent me many pictures of gravestones through the 1990s, but not until I retired myself in 2006 did I really become interested. I'm so glad that he lived as long as he did, so that he could answer many of my questions concerning so many people in the family.
And perhaps the most amazing thing he did was get a violin at age 84 and play again, after not having played since High School! He performed at some birthday parties and at Christmas in the Assisted Living facility where he spent his last years. And just a few days before he died, his arms were trying to move to play along with his Itzhak Perlman CD! I have a one-minute recording of him playing in the summer of 2011, which I will try to post on a flower so others can hear him play.
Harold James Minteer (1898 - 1979)
Ethel Lorene Wright Minteer (1907 - 1987)
James Marvin Minteer (1926 - 2012)
Betty Lorraine Minteer (1927 - 2015)*
Robert Lee Minteer (1929 - 1963)*
Plot: Sec D
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Nov 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101120052