April 7, 2014

Dr. Johnnie Ben Minnett

Rachel Snyder
The Express-Star

— Dr. Johnnie Ben Minnett

Dr. Johnnie Ben Minnett of Chickasha, died on April 4, 2014.  Services will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Chickasha at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8. A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Sevier Funeral Home.  

Dr. Minnett was born in Chickasha on April 6, 1929 to Norma (Collins) and Henry Minnett.  Dr. Minnett was a practicing Optometrist in the Air Force during the Korean War and then in Chickasha for over 50 years.  He was devoted to his profession serving on the Board of the Oklahoma Optometric Association and the Southwest Contact Lens Society where he was Chairman.

He was an active member of Holy Name Catholic Church where he participated in the Knights of Columbus, served on the Church Board and was a Lay Minister.

As an active member of the Chickasha community, Dr. Minnett served multiple terms on the Chickasha School Board, was a member of AMBUCS  and  most recently the Lions Club. He was also a member of the Grady County Historical Society and Grady County Mineral Owners.

John was always ready to help. Besides local charities, Dr. Minnett made many mission trips to Mexico to examine eyes and to fit the glasses that were collected by the Lions Club.  He was a familiar figure in Chickasha, always having a smile and kind word.  Often there would be a joke to go with the smile.  He rarely missed an event in which his children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren were involved.

He is survived by his wife Bettye, whom he married in Memphis, TN in 1950.  He is survived by a son Bill Minnett and wife Karna of Houston, Texas; daughter Mita Bates and husband, Bob of Ardmore; a son-in-law Randal Polk of Oklahoma City and a sister Jule Sewell of Denton, Texas.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Polk as well as his two of his sisters, Gail Justis and Mita Ehn. John had 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His friends and his jokes are legion. If you didn’t know him, you missed out!

Interment will be in the Holy Name Section of Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Chickasha Mobile Meals, The Lions Club of Chickasha or to the Holy Name Catholic Church Elevator Fund.