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Cleveland H. Minor

February 3, 1926 — October 3, 2023

St. Johnsbury Center

Cleveland H. Minor


Cleveland H. Minor: A Life of Dedication, Resilience, and Valor

Cleveland H. Minor, of St. Johnsbury Center, VT, born on February 3, 1926, peacefully passed away on October 3, 2023, at the age of 97. He was the oldest of five children born to Avon and Eva (Whitehead) Minor.  His life was a testament to dedication, resilience, and the enduring pursuit of excellence. 

After graduating from the St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1944, Cleveland’s journey took an unexpected turn when he answered the call to serve his country.  He was drafted into the Army prior to graduation but was allowed to graduate before reporting to duty. He turned 18 years old on board ship with Company B of the 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion under the command of General George Patton. In service to his nation, Cleveland assumed several roles in various European countries, leaving an indelible mark of courage and valor during several conflicts, including the critical Battle of the Bulge.

After his honorable military service, Cleveland began a new journey, purchasing a painting and contracting business.  A testament to his philosophy of “keeping moving,” Cleveland navigated the complexities of business with the same determination that saw him through the challenges of wartime.  With his unwavering dedication and formidable work ethic, he successfully operated the company for over six decades, working until he was 90 ½ . In 1951, Cleveland purchased his home in St. Johnsbury Center where, in 1962, he married Vernice (Colby) Fuller, raised three children, and continued to mow his large lawn until he was 95 years old. At the age of 89, he was a super senior on WCAX. Cleveland was a member of the Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury Center where he really enjoyed taking care of its needs and ringing the bell most Sundays. Though he could be described as a workaholic, he always had time for and took care of his family. His children have fond memories of playing kickball on the front lawn, getting rides in the wheel barrel while raking leaves, sliding down the schoolhouse hill across the street, and getting the occasional ice cream cone at the Frosty Bar on a Sunday afternoon.  

Survivors include his three children, a daughter: Elizabeth (Daniel) Gray; and two sons: Todd and John (Jenny); his grandchildren: Lucy and Jack Minor; niece: Cindy; nephews: Paul and Arklin Jr; and his extended family in the US and Canada. 

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife: Vernice Emmons; his sister: Eldena; and brothers: Arklin, Wellman, and Douglas.

A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 1:00PM at Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, VT. 
The family would like to thank Caledonia Home Health and Hospice for the care they provided.

Memories and condolences can be shared online at

 Cleveland’s legacy is one of hard work, perseverance, and a tenacious pursuit of success against all odds. Dad, you were a great role model and you will surely be missed. 

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lyndon Center Cemetery

Lyndon, VT 05851

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