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Walter E. ''Minnick'' Grider, 72, Korean War veteran, dies

  • He was retired truck driver, a farmer, and active in Shiloh Christian Church

  • He held many posts in Masonic Lodges, Scottish Rite, and Shriners

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Walter E. "Minnick" Grider, 72, 4473 Russell Springs Road, Columbia, KY (the Ozark Community) and formerly of Louisville, KY, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, after a short illness.

The funeral service will be Friday, July 22, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, with Bro. Jimmy Knifley officiating. Masonic funeral rites will be conducted by Hood Lodge #839 on Thursay evening, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Shiloh Church Cemetery.

Mr. Grider was a member of Shiloh Christian Church and Men for Christ. He was a retired teamster and farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was very active in the Masons, Shriners, and Scottish Rite.

He was a member and Past Master of Hood Masonic Lodge #839, Craycraft, a 40 year member of Shively Masonic Lodge #951, and was also an honorary member of several other Masonic Lodges. He was a member of the Louisville Scottish Rite, Lexington Oleika Shrine and Louisville Kosair Shrine.

Mr. Grider was Past District Deputy Grand Master of District 18, Grand Lodge of Kentucky and Past President of Green River Scottish Rite.

He was the son of the late Daniel M. and Effie Burton Grider of Adair County, KY.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Reynolds Grider, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One son: Phillip Grider of Phoenix, AZ

  • Two sisters: Frances Cross and Katherine Lepiarczyk, both of Louisville, KY

  • And special nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by a brother, J.C. Grider, and a sister, Nona Cook.

The family requests visitation after 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY.

Memorials are suggested to the Shiloh Christian Church and may be left at the funeral home.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: you trust, caring for people you love.

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Remembering Minnick Grider

2005-07-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy of the family. Walter E. "Minnick" Grider, 72, a member of the Ozark Community in Adair County, passed away Tuesday in Louisville after a short illness. He is shown in the photo above with his wife Barbara. Click 'read more' for obituary information.
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