WINNEBAGO - WARNER 'SHORTY' MINER, age 88, of Winnebago, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Patriot Assisted Living in Winnebago.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Winnebago, with Fr. Leo Koppala officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago, Minn.
Visitation time will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Spencer Owen Funeral Home, 345 6th Ave. SE in Winnebago, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com
He was born March 6, 1924, in Carter, South Dakota, the son of Arthur and Clara (Wagner) Miner. The family moved to Easton, Minn., where he attended school. In 1950, he married Barbara Kirkeby in St. Paul and together they had three children:?Stevan, Vicki and Jim.
After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army and was in the 515th Parachute Division, where he was a radio operator. After his discharge, he purchased Dave's Tydol Service Station, and owned it until 1969, when he purchased the vacant building across the street and created Miner Skelly Service. His son, Stevan, took over in 1985, and Shorty continued to help out until his retirement. After Barbara's death in 1979, he was later remarried to Fern Kaderabek in Jackson, Minn., in 1987.
Shorty is survived by his son, Stevan (Susan) Miner of Winnebago; his daughter, Vicki (Scott) Wiltse of Blue Earth; his son, Jim (Kathy) Miner of Rochester; and two granddaughters - Taylor and Erin Wiltse.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Barbara Miner; his second wife, Fern Kaderabek in 2000; a brother, Melvin Miner; sisters, Winnie Masters and Florence "Toots" Lutter; and a granddaughter, Lauren Wiltse.