Bernice (Tiller) Mincer

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recent resident of Heritage House, Buckley, Wash., former business owner and long-time resident of Carson, Bernice Mincer, will be laid to rest at the North Lawn Cemetery in Spencer, next to her husband of 62 years, Lyle Walter Mincer. Bernice Mincer, 89, was surrounded by her children at the time of her passing, Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Puyallup, Wash.

The Mincers were married in 1939 and worked in farming in the Spencer area before moving to Carson in 1951. The war years were spent in Los Angeles and Omaha, where Lyle worked for Lockheed and Douglas Bomber. Bernice and her husband were owners of Mincer Equipment Company from 1959 until they retired to Florida in 1987. They also farmed over 500 acres and operated a cattle ranch for many years near Stanton. Bernice was active in church and social functions and was one of the original founders and sponsors of the Carson-based 4-H club known as the "Carsonettes."

In 1957, Lyle was named the "Soil Conservation Iowa Farmer of the Year." The family was also given the sweepstakes award as the "Iowa Farm Family of the Year" and was featured on the cover of the Des Moines Register's "Iowa Farm and Home" magazine.

Bernice and Lyle enjoyed retired life in Lake Placid, Fla. from 1986 to 1999 until failing health brought a move to Brush Prairie, Wash. where they lived in a special apartment attached to the home of their oldest daughter, Lavonne Sargent. They enjoyed the festive events that brought them together with their 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 2 foster grandchildren and 5 foster great-grandchildren.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Lyle on June 4, 2001. She was also preceded by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her brother Howard Tiller, as well as sisters Maxine Lewis and Lois Hardy.

Bernice Mincer is survived by six children, Joe and Lavonne Mincer Sargent of Brush Prairie, Wash.; Gene and Lorraine Mincer Ziemke of Milton, Wash.; Richard and Kathleen Mincer of Boise, Idaho; Ron and Lacinda Mincer Ens of Vancouver Island, British Columbia; Chip and Ladonna Mincer Kuntz of Buckley, Wash.; and Terry and Kimberly Mincer of Sumner, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Weeks' Funeral Home in Buckley at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27. Memorial services for family and friends from the Iowa / Nebraska area will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at The Word of Life Fellowship, 3000 S. 20th St., Omaha, Neb. Graveside services will be at noon Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the North Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 2208 Highway Boulevard, Spencer.