Radio and TV stations in Kansas are mourning the loss of Lloyd E. Mintzmyer, the former President of The Praise Network, who passed away Sunday after an automobile accident south of Glade, KS.
While he was a friend, a colleague, and a mentor to many in the surrounding community, Mintzmyer was perhaps best known as one of the creators of public television for western Kansas, having helped lay the foundation for PBS in central and western Kansas.
"Our hearts and thoughts are with the friends and family of Lloyd," said Michael Quade, General Manager of Smoky Hills Public Television. "His dedication to the cause of public television in Kansas was instrumental in getting Smoky Hills Public Television where it is today."
From 1981 to 2004, Mintzmyer was the Chief Engineer at SHPTV. After his retirement from television engineering, Mintzmyer served for several years on the board of directors of The Praise Network before becoming the organization’s President in 2005.
Even after his appointment as President, Mintzmyer continued his engineering work. He also served the radio ministry as a technical engineer following his recent retirement.
Those who worked with him remember him for his work ethic, his enthusiasm, and his personality.
"He was a Godly mentor and friend that will be greatly missed," remarked Gene Henes, President of The Praise Network.
Funeral services for Mintzmyer will take place at High Plains Baptist Church in Hays, KS, today starting at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors by the Hays American Legion.
Memorials are suggested to a missions fund in Mintzmyer's memory at the High Plains Baptist Church, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.
Mintzmyer is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Tracy, Jody and Katie; and sister, Arlene.
Published: October 18, 2012