O. Minear Obituary

O. Lee Minear
O. Lee Minear
O. Lee Minear

January 16, 1921 - May 25, 2008
Born in Unionville, Missouri
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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O. Lee Minear, 87, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008 in Des Moines. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11 :00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave. (the corner of Beaver Ave. and Franklin Ave.) in Des Moines.

Lee was born January 16, 1921 in Unionville, MO. He was the son of Calvin Ai Minear and Sarah Elizabeth Conkin. His family moved to Newton, IA about 1925 where he graduated from Newton High School in 1939. Lee was the last survivor of 10 children by Calvin and Sarah.

Lee attended the University of Iowa where he was enrolled in the ROTC program for two years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1942. He served with the 4th

Infantry Division, part of Patton' s Third Army. During World War II, Lee was involved in battles in the Heurtgen Forest and also the Battle of the Bulge. He finished his service as a Captain and served 45 months of which 18 months were overseas. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and two battle stars.

After his service was finished, Lee returned to complete his studies at the University of Iowa where he graduated. He started his banking career at the Newton National Bank.

In 1947, Lee married Mary Ella Jones of Newton. Lee and Mary eventually moved to Des Moines where he continued his career at Capital City State Bank. While there he made the first SBA loan in the state of Iowa. From Capital City, Lee moved to Cedar Rapids, IA where he was a Vice President at City National Bank. He then became the first President of Mohawk Valley State Bank, a new bank in Utica, NY. Missing Iowa,

Lee and Mary moved back to Des Moines where he had a successful career as Senior Vice President of West Des Moines State Bank, now West Bank and President of the WestBancorporation holding company.

Lee is survived by his wife, Mary Ella (Jones); one daughter, Mary Beth (Minear) Cavert of Minneapolis, MN; two sons, Mark M. Minear of Stow, MA and Kenneth Lee Minear of Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, William McCrea Cavert and Katheryn Lyn Wegner of Chicago, IL, Melissa Mary Minear of Des Moines, IA, and Elizabeth Mead (Cavert) and Nicholas Aaron Scheibel of Minneapolis MN; one great-grandson, Collin Lee Minear of Des Moines, IA.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are being directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church and Iowa Health Home Care.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, May 29, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Friday, May 30, 2008
11:00 AM
Union Chapel Cemetery - Ira, Iowa
Ira, IA
Friday, May 30, 2008