George C. "Rusty" Minze Jr.

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George C. "Rusty" Minze Jr., 76, of Jefferson City, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo. He was born on September 26, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo. to the late George C. and Marie (Williams) Minze. He was united in marriage on October 19, 1956, to his high school sweetheart, Wilma Jean (Jacobs) Minze in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was a graduate of God's Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Soon after high school, George joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly served until he was honorably discharged. George had a long and diversified career in law enforcement that included locations such as Covington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo. He served as a patrol officer, homicide detective, worked on the major case squad, was a federal marshal, the Supreme Court Marshal of Mo., the General Manager of "The Shy Clown Casino" in Sparks/Reno, Nevada, the 19th Judicial Circuit Marshal in Mo., an investigator for the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and served as a Cole County Deputy Sheriff. Soon after retirement, he also worked as the Security Director at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. In addition, he was an active member of the Jefferson City Police Board. George greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving wife and family, to include his grandchildren and great= grandchildren. He also enjoyed golfing, playing poker with his dear friends and family and honing his skills as an expert marksman at the United Sportsman's Club. He loved his dogs and particularly his current dog, Rosie. Every summer, he and his wife cherished their summer vacations with their grandchildren. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM #43, the National Rifle Association, the Marine Corps League, the Jefferson City Police Board and the Callaway County Sheriff Reserves. While serving as the Marshal of the 19th Circuit over 28 years ago, George was involved in a plane crash near Chicago Ill. that nearly took his life, while enroute to take custody of a prisoner. Anyone that knew George, truly understood his strength and determination to live life to the fullest through friendships, humor and love of family. He will be greatly missed by many dear friends and his loving family. George is survived by his wife of 58 years; one daughter, Kim (Jim) Hoffman, Jefferson City; two sons, Chuck (Carol) Minze, Paul (Cathy) Minze, both of Jefferson City; four grandchildren, George (Susan) Hoffman, Springfield, Amy Hoffman, Springfield, Madison Minze, Jefferson City and Madeline Brown, Jefferson City; two great-grandchildren, Quinten and Charles Hoffman, Springfield. He is also survived by one sister, Nancy (Bob) Thurston, Lady Lake, Fla. His parents, George C. and Marie Minze, preceded him in death. Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral Services, with military honors, will immediately follow with a Masonic ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, with Rev. John Kerr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Missouri 10-33 Benevolent Fund" or to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Published January 27, 2015