Kenneth William and Marilyn Joyce Minton
Kenneth William Minton passed into eternal life on June 24, 2021. He was preceded by his lifelong partner and beloved wife, Marilyn, his parents, George and Bessie Minton; and his brothers: Robert Minton and Richard Minton. Blessed be their memories.
Ken was born to an electrician and a homemaker in Ellensburg, WA, on April 27, 1931. He was raised by humble, hard-working people during one of the most challenging eras, when the Great Depression met World War II. One of his first occupations was carrying buckets of water out to men working in the fields. As a young boy, he often accompanied his mother as she paid calls on those less fortunate in the community, providing them with bags of groceries and encouraging words. He spent time in his youth riding the range and tending cattle, was in 4-H, and received high marks throughout school. He graduated from Ellensburg High School, and while attending classes at Central Washington College, he was injured in a farming equipment accident. When he had sufficiently recuperated, the U.S. Navy invited him to the Korean War. Ken was fortunate to receive specialized training to become an Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class, navigating aircrafts many times over the Pacific. Due to his training and experience, he was employed by Boeing and continued his education in engineering at the University of Washington after the war.
Marilyn Joyce (Birklid) Minton was taken to Heaven by her Savior on August 20, 2020. She was born to Rolf "Ralph" and Ruth Birklid on September 23, 1936, on her family’s farm in Ransom County, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Carol (Birklid) Hansen. Blessed be their memories.
Marilyn was bright, ambitious, and eager to learn. She was never idle, playing both the piano and the organ. She learned embroidery, cross stitching, tatting, crocheting, knitting, and quilting. She was a gifted seamstress, creating many formal dresses and wedding gowns for some very lucky ladies. She also made many quilts, both for family and for home missions.
Marilyn also had a passion for games. As a young girl, she often walked for miles to lend her jigsaw puzzle to a friend or to play cards. She was at the top of her class when she graduated from high school and went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, for clerical skills and received an associate degree. Marilyn decided to relocate to Washington state, because her Aunt Martha (Birklid) Ross offered her a place to live, where there were more opportunities to find work. While working, she met a nice young man, named Ken, in her carpool. After a short courtship, including many chicken dinners, they were married in the Preston Lutheran Church in North Dakota, on July 19, 1957. They had a little farm in Palmer, WA, not too long of a commute to Boeing, where they both continued to work, until Marilyn changed her career to motherhood. Ken and Marilyn were almost never still unless they were watching a baseball game or a bingo card. They spent the next 63 years raising children, orchard farming, gardening, canning, milking cows, square dancing, bowling, card playing, lefsa grilling, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and travelling in their fifth wheel.
They instilled in their family the value of hard work, stewardship, and being the best possible version of themselves. Commitment and promises were real to them. The family grew up in the Lutheran Church and attended regularly, especially when Marilyn was the organist. Ken had been a field hand, a cowboy, a scholar, a Korean War Veteran, a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, Little League coach, and a farmer. He was also an engineer, whose ingenuity was instrumental in putting the first man on the Moon.
They leave behind their most cherished treasures, their beloved family. They are survived by Ken’s sister, Betty, and her husband, Maynard Hill; his sister, Darlene Kadyk; his brother, James Minton; Marilyn’s brother, Richard Birklid, and his wife, Iverne; and her brother-in-law, Leland Hansen. They are also survived by their four children: Rusty (Kathi) Minton, Katrina (Bryan) Minton Davis, Jody Minton, and Rolf Minton; their grandchildren: Jessica, Kortni, Amy, Michelle, Joseph, Kyle, Levi, and Brooke; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial for Ken and Marilyn on September 25, 2021, at Meridian Habitat Park Community Center, 14422 Meridian Ave. E, Puyallup, WA, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.