Allen Steele Minor
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