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Russell Minko Obituary

Russell D. Minko
Minko, Russell D.

November 17, 1920 - February 6, 2008
Born in Akron, Ohio
Resided in North Canton, OH


Russell D. Minko, age 87, passed away at home Wednesday morning, February 6, 2008. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on November 17, 1920, to the late Michael and Katherine (Harbar) Minko. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and had served his country during WWII. Russ had a 58 year career in the food and beverage industry. He first worked for Mayfair Country Club, then the Zimber Inn. Russ bought the Village Inn in 1959. He built Ruslee's Restaurant in 1963, and added LuMinko's in 1965. Russ retired from the restaurant business in 1997. He also owned and operated the Green Valley Driving Range in North Canton. Russ felt blessed to have spent his life with customers, friends, and family. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Minko. He is survived by Shirley Dyer, sons, Raymond (Georgia) Minko of Boston, MA, Russell (Kay) Minko of North Canton, OH, a daughter, Shelly (Bob) Lorius of North Canton, OH; there are five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, his extended family, Mye (Erick) Kieffer of North Canton, OH, Melinda Dyer of Canton, OH, Dud (Colleen) Dyer of Louisville, OH, and Lump (Jen) Dyer of Canton, OH, he was "Pop-Pop" to five extended grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, 801 Pittsburg Rd. NW, North Canton, OH 44720, with Chaplain Paul Rudy officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Saturday prior to the service from 10-1:30 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign in the Reed on-line guestbook at our website at


Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel
801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W.
North Canton, OH US 44720
Saturday, February 9, 2008
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel
801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W.
North Canton, OH US 44720
Saturday, February 9, 2008
1:30 PM
North Lawn Cemetery
4927 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH US 44709
Saturday, February 9, 2008




Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
6971 Promway Ave. NW
North Canton, OH US 44720


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