man Walter Darcy MINGS‏‎, son of Robert William MINGS and Sarah Ann DARCY‏.
Born ‎19 Mar 1909 Glendive, Dawson, Montana, USA, died ‎29 Jun 2000 Missoula, Missoula Co, MT‎, 91 years

Married ‎22 Jan 1934 Hardin, Big Horn, Montana, USA (47 years married) to:

woman Lydia STRICKER‏‎
Born ‎27 sep 1913, died ‎1 Aug 1981 Montana‎, 67 years


man Walter James MINGS‏
Born ‎6 Oct 1934 Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, died ‎11 Jun 2016 Boise, Ada, Idaho‎, 81 years
Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and "Papa" (grandfather), Walter James "Walt" Mings, of Idaho Falls, died of natural causes on June 11, 2016, in Boise, Idaho. His family surrounded and held him as he died. A lifelong lover of all things intellectual, including puzzles and palindromes, Walt left a palindrome behind when he departed this world at 12:21 p.m., 6-11- 16. Walt was 81 years old.

Walt was born in 1934 in Billings, Mont., the first of four children to Lydia and Walter Darcy Mings. Walt attended elementary and high school in Glasgow, Mont. He then received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Walt was a lifelong Fighting Irish fan, having seen eight of their 11 National Football Championships. It was Walt's great hope to see his team win one more national championship. Walt's many fans have no doubt that he'll have the best view of all of us, from on high, when the Fighting Irish prevail again next January.

Walt earned his professional engineering certificate early in his career, and mid-career, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Idaho State University. He spent his career primarily in oil and nuclear engineering and management. He worked for Standard Oil, Westinghouse, EG&G and the U.S. Department of Energy in various locations, including Chicago, Ill., Casper, Wyo., and the Idaho National Laboratory in southeastern Idaho.

Walt married the love of his life, Patricia Ruth Sheehy, on Sept. 6, 1958, in Lansing, Ill. Early in their marriage, Walt served with the U.S. National Guard. Shortly after the birth of their first child, the young couple headed West, designed and built their own home and raised all three children. Dad, with Mom, provided all three kids with everything any kid could ask for: love, security, religious faith, excellent education, extravagant summer vacations — including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Grand Canyon, Spokane World's Fair, Lake Louise, Alaska — to name a few! And who could forget the 1976 Bicentennial Cross-Country Family Greyhound Bus Trip?! Each year, we also visited relatives in Montana and Chicago. And sometimes, Dad would go out of his way to take us to experiences, such as Notre Dame football games in South Bend (or away — once at the Air Force Academy); a Sade concert in Seattle, Wash.; the NCAA Basketball Championships, also in Seattle; the Napa Wine Train; Paul Simon in San Francisco; a Johnny Cash concert at the Idaho State Fair; and once even a road trip to Pocatello to eat at Idaho's first McDonald's fast food restaurant. (McDonald's was the subject of Dad's MBA thesis, while at the same time a Big Mac was his 8-year-old son's dearest desire.)

Dad's most beloved hobbies were playing cards (poker, cribbage and bridge – once winning regional World Bridge pairs championship), playing chess, fishing, traveling, playing the piano, listening to music, Notre Dame football, telling stories and playing practical jokes. Dad was renowned for his sense of humor and endless one-liners. As an example, he used to say that he was only ever wrong once — and that was a time when he thought he was wrong, but it turned out he was right! Dad's favorite foods were oyster stew, cherry pie and Dairy Queen Blizzards.

Shortly before his death, Dad had the dubious distinction of going viral on the internet, thanks to his great affection for those Blizzards, and you can see that clip here:

Dad is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ruth Sheehy Mings; his children, Susan (Phileo McAlexander), Sandra (James Lamar) and Steve (Michelle); grandchildren, Justin, Morgan and Carley Mings, and Sophie, Brian and Sabrina Lamar; sisters, Ruth Ann Shacher (Ken known as "Skip") and Mary Lynn (George); and niece and nephew, Marty and Rachel Rahn.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Darcy Mings; mother, Lydia Stricker Mings; brother, Robert ("Dutch") Mings; and niece, Darcy Lynn Schacher.

Services have been held in Boise.

The family would like to thank the staff at Willow Park Assisted Living in Boise for their incredible care and compassion for Walt, Pat and all the family.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Walt Mings' name to Carroll College of Helena, the University of Notre Dame or a . And/or, enjoy a DQ Blizzard! And Dad – we'll see you when we get there, "upstairs," with Touchdown Jesus! (

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man Robert William MINGS‏‎
Born ‎27 Oct 1936 Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, died ‎15 Aug 2006 El Dorado, Butler, Kansas, USA‎, 69 years
Robert William "Dutch" Mings was born on October 27, 1936 in Billings, Montana the son of Walter Darcy Mings and Lydia "Stricker" Mings. Roberrt died August 15, 2006 in El Dorado, Kansas having reached the age of 69 years, 9 months and 18 days. He attended school in Montana and two years of college at Carroll Catholic College. He graduated from the University of Montana at Missoula, receiving a degree in journalism. While in college he was a sportswriter for the University of Montana and traveled with the football team. He worked for newspapers in Newport News, Florida and El Dorado. He loved being a fan and sportswriter for all sports.

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in El Dorado, Kansas.

Survivors include his brother, Walter Mings of Idaho Falls, Idaho; two sisters, Ruthann and her husband Skip Schacher of Ronan, Montana and Mary Linn and her husband George Merseal of Missoula, Montana; a god child, Darcy, and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was a big supporter of El Dorado High School Baseball and American Legion Baseball. Bob was inducted into the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame January 2010.

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Bob Mings (At-large selection)

Mings worked as sports editor at the El Dorado Times from 1985-96, then again from 1998-2002 and is being recognized for all the coverage he gave the sport of baseball in El Dorado, including the El Dorado High state tournament teams of 1990 through 1992.

Mings graduated from the University of Montana and covered minor league baseball in both the Carolina League and International Leagues from 1965-1982. He also covered Major League spring training and some regular season games of the Washington Senators and Baltimore Orioles.

Mings also was official scorer for American Legion National regional tournaments in 1966 and 1982.

He is being inducted posthumously.


Bob Mings was Sports Editor of the El Dorado Times from 1985-1996 and again from 1998-2002. During that time, he provided outstanding coverage of all local baseball teams and tournaments held in El Dorado. This included extensive coverage of El Dorado High School baseball State Tournament teams in 1990-1992.

In addition to covering EHS, Post 81, Butler County and the Broncos, Bob always had State Tournament previews for each team in the KSHSAA State Tournament every year it was held in El Dorado and provided write-ups for every game even when EHS was not in the tourney. He did the same thing for the NBC Midwest Regional Tournament.

Bob had extensive experience prior to coming to El Dorado. A 1959 graduate of the University of Montana, Mings covered Minor League Baseball in both the Carolina League and the International League from 1965-1982. He also covered Major League Spring Training and some regular season games for the Baltimore Orioles.

Other assignments included covering the Virginia Squires of the ABA including the ABA All-Star Game and Playoffs from 1971-1974. Bob also covered NFL football, either the Washington Redskins or Baltimore Colts from 1964-1972 including covering the Colts in the Super Bowl in 1971. Bob also covered NASCAR races from 1974-1982.

Mings also covered NCAA Division 1 sports. He covered the Southern Conference and specifically Virginia Tech sports from 1967-1971. Those duties included covering the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1968, 1969 and 1971; the NIT in 1968; the Liberty Bowl and the Tangerine Bowl in 1968; and NCAA Baseball Regionals in 1968, 1970 and 1971.

One more baseball related duty was serving as Official Scorer for American Legion National Regional Tournaments in 1966 and 1982.


Added this note from Bob's longtime friend William (Bill) Herald.


Just a note to say that I knew Bob Mings (and was fairly good friends with him) during his term of employment in the newsroom of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, and the information doesn't include that he worked there, but I can assure you that he did. [The pictures clearly indicate that he is the Bob Mings I knew].

Bob began work at the Casper newspaper (as a reporter) sometime in late 1963, and he was there for much of 1964 as well. I definitely recall him saying that he moved to Casper from Sarasota (Fla.), where he worked for The Sarasota News, which had gone out of business earlier in 1963.

Family links:
Walter Darcy Mings (1909 - 2000)
Lydia Stricker Mings (1913 - 1981)

Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.