Allen Steele Mi­nor

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May 31, 1918 - Septem­ber 2, 2018 Res­i­dent of Cupertino

Allen Steele Mi­nor of Cupertino died peace­fully in his sleep on Septem­ber 2, 2018, just a few months af­ter he had cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day with fam­ily and friends. Al was born in Louisville, Ken­tucky May 31, 1918 to Allen Steele Mi­nor, Sr and Martha Scearce Mi­nor.

Al grad­u­ated from DuPont Man­ual High School in Louisville, dur­ing which time he ap­plied his love of en­gi­neer­ing and avi­a­tion by build­ing an air­plane from scratch with a friend. Al at­tended Pur­due Univer­sity, study­ing Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing, un­til the prospect of work­ing at Lock­heed Air­craft lured him to Cal­i­for­nia in 1942. Al be­gan a 40-year ca­reer at Lock­heed in Bur­bank, where he soon met Ruth Nichols, known as “Nicki”. Al served briefly in the Navy near the end of World War II and, soon af­ter his re­turn, mar­ried Nicki on Easter Sun­day in 1946. They raised 3 chil­dren to­gether, ini­tially in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Al trans­ferred to Lock­heed in Sun­ny­vale and moved the fam­ily to their new home in Cupertino in 1964. Al had a strong work ethic and spent hours plan­ning the fi­nances for the fam­ily. Al & Nicki en­joyed play­ing and watch­ing golf and hik­ing to­gether. Al was a de­voted hus­band to Nicki for 49 years un­til she passed away in 1995. Al was an avid fan of Big Band Jazz and later jazz com­posers and loved drum­ming as he lis­tened to his huge record col­lec­tion. He was a very cre­ative “tin­kerer” and en­joyed fix­ing things and in­vent­ing house­hold gad­gets. Al had a pas­sion for ac­quir­ing facts and sta­tis­tics on a va­ri­ety of top­ics and loved to en­gage in one-on-one in­tel­lec­tual con­ver­sa­tions with friends and ac­quain­tances. In 1998, Al met Shirley Bythe­way at a Wi­d­ows & Wi­d­ow­ers Sup­port Group and their close re­la­tion­ship lasted for 20 years. Al­though Al suf­fered from dementia in re­cent years, he con­tin­ued to in­spire all who met him with his wit and smile. He will be greatly missed.

Al is sur­vived by his chil­dren Greg Mi­nor of Cres­cent City, Linda Mor­ris (Michael) of Cupertino, Scott Mi­nor (Kath­leen) of Boul­der, CO; grand­chil­dren Brian Mor­ris (Chris­ten), Sara Razavi (Ma­son), Joshua Mi­nor (Jamie), Kel­ton Mi­nor, Josef Mi­nor; and great-grand­chil­dren James, Han­nah, and Ash­ley Mor­ris.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Al’s Life will be held at St. Jude’s Epis­co­pal Church, Cupertino on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at 1:00p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions can be made in Al’s mem­ory to Hos­pice of the Val­ley - Sut­ter Care at Home or Dementia So­ci­ety of Amer­ica

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