Died February 4, 2017, one day after the 91st anniversary of his birth in Atlantic City. He was a resident of the United Methodist Communities – Collingswood and previously Audubon and Gloucester City. He was the loving husband of the late Mary [nee: Polner] to whom he had been married for 33 years at the time of her death in 1983. He was the son of the late Gottfried and Sissceal [nee: Murphy] Minuth and the brother of the late Alfred Minuth.
A World War II veteran, Wilfred graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1943 and immediately volunteered for service in the US Navy. He served as an armed guard/machine gunner on multiple Liberty ships crossing back and forth across the German submarine-infested Atlantic as well as on multiple naval ships. While still in his teens, he served on the Liberty ship SS Nathaniel Alexander as part of a decoy convoy for a British task force trying to attract the German pocket battleship Tirpitz. The convoy went on to Russia after the Tirpitz was disabled by British aircraft. He became a Trusty Shellback of the Ancient Order of the Deep while crossing the equator on the SS James Smith on July 25, 1945 as the ship was sailing to New Guinea, Australia and the Philippines. He was mustered out of the Navy in March 1946 having been awarded the American Theater Medal, the American Victory Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Medal and the European Theater Medal. He served in the Naval Reserve until June 1955. Wilfred attended South Jersey Law School from 1947 thru 1949. He received medals from the Russian Federation marking the 40th and 50th anniversaries of his service in delivering vital cargoes during World War II. He retired as a U. S. Postal Service supervisor in 1985. He was a member of the Gloucester City American Legion, the Voorhees VFW and the American Postal Workers Union.
Those who knew Bill are grateful to the staff of the United Methodist Communities – Collingswood for the steadfast service and compassionate care they provided for him over the past several years. Thank you.
Relatives and friends are invited to Bill’s visitation, Thursday, February 23, 2017, 10am-11am at the DuBois Funeral Home, 700 S. White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106. Funeral Service to follow at 11am. Interment will be in Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.duboisfuneralhome.net.