James Wesley “Jim” Minnich, 74, of Ocean View, Del., passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on July 21, 2018, with family by his side. Born on July 25, 1943 in Danville, Pa., he lived a full and active life until July 17, 2018, when he suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage on his way to work at the Fenwick Islander Motel. Though the Millville rescue squad, Beebe Healthcare, helicopter medevac and the doctors and nurses at Christiana Hospital worked to save him, he passed away at the Seasons Hospice. His family thanked all for their expedient and valiant effort.
Minnich had joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Milton (Del.) High School in 1961, being selected for the submarine service, in which he proudly served for eight years. He met and married Priscilla Hale while stationed at the Groton/New London Submarine Base in 1966. They would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this month.
After leaving the Navy in July of 1969, he worked for many years as an electrician in printing companies in Maryland. He resided in Waldorf, Md., for 33 years.
As a teenager, Minnich had worked as a golf caddy, and he was an avid golfer in his earlier years. He later switched to tennis, which he played three times a week with his Ocean City, Md., buddies. He was a New York Yankees fan and a devoted follower of the tennis star Roger Federer.
Minnich was the son of Nancy Minnich and Jim Minnich Sr. He is survived by his sisters, Shirley (Minnich) McBryan of Sunbury, Pa., and Martha (Minnich) Noeller of Largo, Fla. (another sister, Karen Minnich, died as an infant); as well as his wife, Priscilla; his son, Charles “Chuck” Minnich of Columbia, Md.; his daughter, Sherry Minnich Piirainen of West Paris, Maine; his grandchildren, Lexi Rodriguez, Anna Piirainen and Veikko Piirainen; and his beloved dog, Rocky.
Services were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to a local animal shelter or to a veteran’s organization. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.