BRACEVILLE - Thursday morning, April 15, 2013, at his home, William "Kip" Keith Minnick, 67, left the body and is in the presence of Jesus.
Born Sept. 8, 1945, in Punxsutawney, Pa., he was the son of Darrell Dane Minnick and Dora Louise Mitchell Minnick.
A resident of the Nelson-Braceville area most of his life, he attended Faith Evangelical Free Church in Nelson.
Kip graduated from James A. Garfield High School and the Franklin Linotype School, Dresden, and was employed at the Garrettsville Journal and Umbaugh Pole Buildings, Ravenna, before retiring in 2000 from CSC (Copperweld Steel) with 32 years of service as a track repairman.
"Art and running were facets of Kip's life that shined bright. Running daily and competing in racing events were a pleasure of his for decades. The art he produced over a lifetime was second nature. Rarely a day went by when a sign wasn't made, a pencil put to paper or a brush to canvas. His art was for everyone.
''If he were here, this is the obituary I feel that he would really want! William 'Kip' Minnick left this life April 25 the same as he lived it... simply."
Treasured memories of Kip will be carried on by his wife, Susan Kotkowski, whom he married Feb. 14, 1971; son, Thaddeus (Amanda) of Warren; daughter, Molly (Jeff) Estes of Braceville; son, Matthew (Melissa) of Newton Falls; grandchildren, Gunnar, Rayna and Jeffrey Estes; sisters, Grace (Trudi) Hickox of Middlefield, Mary (Scott) Stiegemeier of Kent and Pamela Uchrinscko of Clearwater, Fla.; and brothers, Robbyn of Windham and Tim (Lisa) of Middlefield.
Kip was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, the Rev. Darrell Minnick; and a sister, Karen Dennis.
To honor Kip's wishes, there were no calling hours. Cremation was handled compassionately by Borowski Memorial Home, Newton Falls.
All those who knew and loved Kip are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of Life, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham Parkman Road, Garrettsville (Nelson Township).