A short History
Wilhelmina Charlotta Grenz Tipton Duncan was born on
February 18, 1922 to Lydia Schiermeister and Godfrey
C. Grenz. Minnie grew up in the Temvik area on a farm
which later evolved into the J. T. Ranch. She
was baptized July 7, 1922 at Faith Lutheran Church and
was confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in 1937.
During World War II Minnie worked as a riveter for
Consolidated Aircraft in California. There she
met and married Joseph Brack Tipton on March 27, 1945.
They settled in the Sealy area where they owned and
operated Green Valley Chicken Farm for 10 years.
Minnie and Joe worked together in the Beauty Salon
they owned in Brookshire. They opened and
operated the first self service car wash in Sealy.
Minnie continued to operate the car washes and salon
after the death of Joe in 1968 spending 21 years in
the car wash business and 34 years in the salon.
On may 23, 1970 Minnie married Roland R. Duncan.
They added the rent house business to their many
pursuits. Minnie passed on Wednesday March 27 at
the River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus. Texas after a
She is survived by her husband Roland
R. Duncan, son Dennis Brack Tipton and his wife
Rebecca Steinbach ti9pton, Three grandchildren:
Devon Denise, Dennis Brack II, and Corey John Tipton.
Her sisters: Esther Dennis, Anne Schmitz and Two
brothers: Hervbert Grenz and Leo Grenz. And
Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by a son,
Joseph Franklin Tipton II, parents: Godfrey C. Grenz
and Lydia Schiermeister Grenz, siblings Frieda
O'Callahan, Alma Grenz, Edwin Grenz, Rosie Fuller, and
Taken from Newspaper article