Lanny Rae Minnaert, 75, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home in rural Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed at Colbert Cemetery, in rural Hanna Township, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was prayed at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry or the Ag Scholarship Fund.

Lanny Rae Minnaert, 75, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home in rural Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed at Colbert Cemetery, in rural Hanna Township, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was prayed at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry or the Ag Scholarship Fund.

Lanny was born Dec. 12, 1942, in Geneseo, the son of Clyde and Elsie (Turf) Minnaert. He married Veronica Hecks on June 16, 1963, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Lanny was a lifetime beef producer and commissioned cattle buyer for Tyson Foods Inc. He was a long-time member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church and was active in Cursillo. Lanny also was a member of the Hand & Hand Rolle Bolle Club, Henry County Beef Association, Geneseo Rolle Bolle Club, an active volunteer at Hammond-Henry Hospital, and participated in Marriage Encounter. Lanny was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing rolle bolle and playing cards with his friends, and loved to travel out west. Most of all, Lanny enjoyed spending time and working with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Veronica; children, Debi (Ken Atkinson) Minnaert, Jerrod (Andrea) Minnaert, Shawn (Chris) Minnaert, Audra Minnaert, Lance (Carissa Jones) Minnaert and Jolene (Brandon Yocum) Minnaert, all of Geneseo; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Lanny also is survived by his sister, Judy Shepherd, of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Elsie; brother, Larry Minnaert; and brother-in-law, Earl Shepherd.