BRIGADIER GENERAL EUGENE J. MINCKS, United States Army Reserve (retired), age 85, passed away after a short illness on January 1, 2008. He was born in Piedmont, Missouri on June 26, 1922. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona and after graduating from high school he joined the United States Army. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 1942 and was assigned as a forward air control pilot for the artillery during World War II. His role (among other duties) was to discover, from the air, enemy troop movements and then radio-in appropriate artillery strikes. During the war he served conspicuously in the Philippines and New Guinea. He also served during the Korean Conflict with the Air National Guard as a liaison pilot. Upon completion of the Korean Conflict, General Mincks remained in the military in an active reserve role as he pursued a career in the insurance business. He received a bachelor degree from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston in 1957. He earned the designation of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and established his own insurance agency. All the while, General Mincks continued to pursue his military career. He received his appointment by the United States Senate to Brigadier General in 1965 and became Deputy Commanding General, 75th Division, United States Army Reserve in Houston. General Mincks was an avid golfer and very active in the Boy Scouts of America among other philanthropic endeavors. He was very proud that all three of his sons obtained the rank of Eagle Scout, his son-in-law was an Eagle Scout, and one his grandsons received the rank as well. His final command before retirement was Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and four children: John Mincks, Dayton, Texas; Pam Littrell, Waco, Texas; Marc Mincks, Brazoria, Texas; and Jay Mincks, Kingwood, Texas. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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