Robert Micajah Mingea, Jr. passed peacefully to the other shore on July 4, 2013. He was born April 7, 1920 to Ann Herren Mingea and Robert Micajah Mingea, Sr. in Bessemer, Alabama. Studying and working split shifts in the TCI coal mines in Bessemer, he graduated from Birmingham Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bob graduated from the United States Naval Academy Officer’s Training Program. He was assigned as a Lieutenant JG to the USS South Dakota, serving in the South Pacific in WWII.
Following WWII, Bob enjoyed a career with American Blower for over 20 years. He was instrumental in bringing Lodge-Cottrell, Ltd., of England, to the US. He was noted as an early leader in air quality control in the US, serving as Vice President of Sales after merging the company with Dresser Industries in 1973. After retirement from Dresser, Bob was an avid golfer and founding member of the Fortnightly Book Club in Galveston, which remains active to this day over 20 years later.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Mingea, the mother of his beloved son and daughter, Robert Micajah Mingea, III, and Diane Mingea; and Jean Clifford Mingea. He is survived by his grandchildren, Adrianne Mingea and Marisa Mingea, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 9th, at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the American Heart Association and Mary Star of the Sea, Galveston, TX.