David A. Minett, 66

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, David “Dave” A. Minett, loving husband, father of two, and Wahlker’s “Pa”, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellwood City, PA at age 66.

Dave was born on September 20, 1954 in Ellwood City, PA to the late William and Nell (Richards) Minett. He was a graduate of Riverside High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in 1976. On November 26, 1977, Dave married JoAnn (Leonberg). Together, they raised two children, David Jr. and Jennifer. Dave had been a resident of the Ellwood City area all of his life and had recently retired from Good Wheels, having worked at the McElwain family of automotive dealerships for more than 30 years.

In addition to his passion for cars, Dave enjoyed woodworking and antiques, was an avid reader, and treasured spending time with family and friends. Dave was a life-long, active member, and supporter of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he participated in the chancel choir and served on many committees, including the church council. He was also a Mason.

Dave is survived by his loving wife JoAnn, son David Jr., daughter Jennifer Zackasee and her husband Mark, grandson Wahlker Zackasee, mother-in-law Genevieve Leonberg, brother Thomas (Donna) Minett, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services are limited to immediate family but will be streamed through Trinity Lutheran’s Facebook page (<http://www.facebook.com/trinityellwood>) at noon (12pm ET) on Friday, February 19. All wishing to support the family are encouraged to join the services, virtually. Services will be conducted by the Marshall Funeral Home, Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dave’s name to the Memorial Fund at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellwood City:

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Memorial Fund, in memory of David Minett
207 Spring Ave
Ellwood City, PA 16117

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

15 thoughts on “David A. Minett, 66

  1. Joann and family – we are so sorry to hear of your loss. you will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Your friends at The Color Center

  2. JoAnn & family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy! I still fondly remember our days of working together back when McElwain’s was Freeman Buick-Pontiac. He was always very cheerful and had a smile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, JoAnn.
    Love & prayers, Pam

  3. Dear Joann and Family,

    We are thinking of you in this difficult time. We are so so so sorry for your loss. We have loved David so much and have enjoyed all of our time spent with him over the years. He will be missed dearly. We are praying for you. We love you.

    – Kenny, Kim, Jenn, Sarah, & Jason
    Sarah II Nails

  4. We couldn’t have grown up in a better place then Wiley Hill. The families and fun and friendships in that neighborhood are remarkable. To the friends we made to pick up where we left off after not seeing each other for years is truly a blessing.Our parents instilled, prayer, work,study, and play or physical fitness. My brother and I talk about the great things that were part of our young life in the neighborhood, and it always comes back to good friends. David will be greatly missed, but in my minds eye he is the friend who went swiimming,sled riding,wiffle ball , hiking,fishing and all the other things we were blessed with on Wiley Hiill. Kevin

  5. To the Minnet family,
    So sorry for the loss of David.
    With much sympathy and finding peace in the knowledge that David is now with our Lord and Savior.
    God’s blessings, Mary Douglass

  6. David truly embodied our Fraternity motto: always lend a helping hand. My deepest condolences. Dave and family are in my prayers, God bless

  7. JoAnn and family, I am sorry to hear of David passing yet am overjoyed to hear that he will be in the arms of our Lord. May the greater peace of God be with you all at this time. DARRELL

  8. I was a classmate of Dave’s and wanted to extend my sympathies to your family. He was a great guy I am so sorry for your loss. ❤️?

  9. Tom…with deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. Thinking of you and all of your family in this difficult time. Prayers.

  10. I don’t believe the Minnett’s ever missed a Civic Chorale Performance! Always appreciated their support and love for music! My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Susan Vogler

  11. To JoAnn and family and Tom and family.
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Dave. I remember you and Mom and Dad at the reunions out at the farm. So many good memories.
    You are in my prayers and thoughts of comfort.

    Chuck Schweinsberg

  12. To compliment Kevin’s condolences. Dave and Tom’s Dad installed spot lights in their backyard for us to enjoy late-night wiffle ball games. A marvelous family evident by the success of Dave and Tom. The Shingleton Family will remember Dave, his family and his parents during our quiet time also keeping Tom, Donna and their families within our intentions. Tom, thanks so very much for being there for us on the death of Hab and Shirley, saddened at this time we are unable to reciprocate. Cordially, Pat Shingleton

  13. JoAnn and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of Dave’s passing and want to extend our condolences for your loss. I have many fond memories of spending time at the Minett family home, and growing up with Dave and Tom. We spent many hours at swim practices and meets together, pick-up games in the side yard at the Minett home, and just hanging out on their front porch. While no words can ease your loss, please know that we are grieving with you and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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