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Peter Jerome McMinds IIIPassing: February 20, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 26th @ 1:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, February 26th @11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Mithchell Cemetery

To be Announced

Peter Jerome McMinds III

October 28, 1967 – February 20, 2022

Pete was born October 28, 1967 in Phoenix, Arizona, he the son of Peter J. Jr. and Virginia (Ginny) (Dougherty) McMinds.  He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and infant niece.

He married Lisa (McCarty) McMinds on September 17, 2005 in Columbus, IN.

He was the father of ‘bonus’ daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah McCarty, his son, Peter J. McMinds IV, and adopted daughter Jillian Nicole.

Pete leaves behind, in addition to his loving wife and adored children, his amazing mother, Ginny McMinds; two dear sisters:  Patricia J. McMinds and Jennifer L.Horton-Dynneson (David); nieces and nephews:  Julie Stanley, Mitchell Stanley, Amy (Lee) Poole, Louis (Meghan) Horton, Matthew (Sara) Horton, James (Chelsey) Horton, Kaylee Horton (Shawn); and two great nieces and seven great nephews.

Pete was a favorite uncle to all of his nieces and nephews.  In 2001 Pete was blessed with a ‘bonus’ family which includes surviving sister Janet (Knight) Noe, her husband Charles Noe, nieces Beth True and Jennifer (Chris) Bush; two great nieces and a great nephew.  In 2005, when Pete married Lisa, he added four brothers to his family: John, Jim, Craig and Scott, and all of their adored children.

In his youth he sang in the Phoenix Boys’ Choir, loved playing piano and was a Boy Scout for many years.  In high school he formed and was a drummer in a ‘basement’ band; he played high school and junior college football. 

Pete’s career work included many years as an over-the-road semi-truck driver.  His travels over 30 plus years of driving covering most of the United States; however, in 2005 he wanted to be home every night, so he started driving local routes.  Recently, he received recognition celebrating his dedicated ten-year service with Celadon/TA Services in Greenwood, IN.

He volunteered, along with his wife, Lisa, in supporting the work of the Columbus Young Marines.  He encouraged, supported and assisted in his children’s many school and sports activities.  Pete was a participant in the Annual Columbus, Indiana Santa Claus Pub Crawl, a fundraiser for local charities.  He had been an SAL member of American Legion Post no. 250.  He was a huge Indianapolis Colts fan.

Pete lived life to the fullest!  He was always eager and ready for the next adventure.  One of his favorite highlights was a three-generation sky-diving adventure with his mom and nephew.  He enjoyed being surrounded by all those he loved.   

He was a happy man, hard-working, light-hearted, humorous, with a listening heart of gold … always prepared to share a funny story or humorous joke.  His goal in life was to make those around him laugh …   he truly believed that laughter was the best medicine.  Pete was a trusted and grateful friend to a handful of “brothers from other mothers”.  If you were his friend, you were family!  To know Pete was to love Pete.

Honorary Casket Bearers:  Louis Horton, Jr., Matthew Horton, James Horton, Joe Byrum, Lee Hupp, Craig Garvey, John Bailey, Jr., Eric Bell, Jason King, Mike Buchanan.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday, February 26 in the memorial chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center at 1 p.m., with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.  Pete will be cremated with interment at Mitchell Cemetery at a later date.

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12 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Michael Matanovich | Phoenix
    Date: April 25, 2022
    Thank You for coming to my B Day parties. I wish you well in your new life.
  2. Guest: Sho Landis | Phoenix, AZ
    Date: March 7, 2022
    This is so difficult to write... But I have to tell you about my little cousin Petey. I remember visiting Arizona when I was a kid and his vivacious personality - "Ya gotta see my tree house, Sho!". Swimming in the pool and playing on the giant trampoline in the backyard, while afterwards watching Petey do his 'Pooper Scooper' chores diligently. After we grew up and had families - it was a joy to see one-another and joke and laugh! I was happy he had that special someone to do all those crazy things I knew he always wanted to do - but never had the chance to before. As well as more children to love his big heart. We are a small tribe and Petey was definitely one of the special ones.And one who will be missed tremendously. Love you Petey.
  3. Guest: David Richardson | St Louis , Missouri. (Formally Phoenix Arizona )
    Date: February 26, 2022
    I am so sorry for the whole family. I knew Pete as a young boy at both scouts and in church youth group. “Little Petey” was such a fun kid! Always wanting to have fun. Later in life through Facebook I was able to reconnect and talk football and the pesky Colts! Know that Peter was a kind and wonderful person to know and if you knew Pete you were a friend.
  4. Guest: Peggy Wampler | Columbus in
    Date: February 26, 2022
    Pete was always so friendly. Lisa and Pete were such a great team. He will be greatly missed. God bless you Lisa
  5. Guest: Cherie kinder robertson | Yarnell, Arizona
    Date: February 24, 2022
    So sorry for his family and all those who loved him. I will always remember his big smile and his laughter.
  6. Guest: Maggie Dixon | Elizabethtown Indiana
    Date: February 24, 2022
    VPete was one of the kindest, fun and loving, generous, heart warming human and doting hubby of my sweet Lisa Lisa, a person would want to know. Watch over your family from heaven. Heartfelt condolences to his family and all who called him friend.. Maggie
  7. Guest: Beth Doub | Mitchell
    Date: February 24, 2022
    Ginny and family, deepest condolences for the loss of Pete. He was a bigger than life personality. He enjoyed his family and friends. Praying for comfort for you all.❤🙏
  8. Guest: Michelle Jones Dominguez | McKinney, TX
    Date: February 23, 2022
    I knew Pete when he was in high school and I was in middle school. We always loved playing at his house because he had a cool phone booth and a playhouse in the backyard. He always made everyone laugh! May God bless his family during this difficult time.
  9. Guest: Phyllis Fox | Mitchell. Indiana
    Date: February 23, 2022
    Ginny I am so sorry in your loss. Your friend. Phyllis
  10. Guest: Krystal Shetler | Mitchell, IN
    Date: February 23, 2022
    I had the absolute pleasure of knowing Pete when he lived in Mitchell. We were neighbors on Lehigh Street and attended the Presbyterian church together, where I fell in love with his family. Pete had the biggest personality, and for that, he will be impossible to forget. I hope his memory and the impact he made on people help you all as you navigate this indescribable loss. All my love and blessings to his family and many friends.
  11. Guest: Michael Blair | Kosse, TX
    Date: February 23, 2022
    You were a great man, loved by many, and would give the shirt off your back to anyone in need. You will be missed. I'm glad to have known you and will forever be grateful for the short time we spent together.
  12. Guest: Amanda Napier | Franklin, IN
    Date: February 23, 2022
    I wish I could hug you in your time of need just like you did for me. Dear friend you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you