Paonia resident Paul Willard Minerich died in his home June 28, 2019. He was 83.
There will be no services held at this time.
He was born to John and Hilda (Erickson) Minerich Dec. 1, 1935, in Somerset. When he was nine months old, his family moved to Paonia,where he lived until his death. He spent most of his life on Lamborn Mesa.
Mr. Minerich joined the Air Force when he was 17. He served for four years. He was a longtime coal miner, spending close to 20 years working underground.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, tending to his yard, trees, rose and vegtable gardens and old western movies.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Minerich of Paonia; sons, Allen Minerich of Rifle, Paul (Kathie) Minerich of Montrose, Danny Minerich of Delta, and Archie (Kerri) Minerich of Hot Springs, S.D.; daughters, Tammy (Berry) Speicher of Moab, Utah, Lorri (Randy) West of Hotchkiss; step-daughters, Aricia (John) Long of Paonia, and Sharon Webb of Austin, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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