Gervis “Mindy” Ivan Mindykowski, 88, of Colorado Springs, died at the home of his grandson on
Saturday, July 17, 2021. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Son of the late Edward and Irene Mindykowski, Mindy was born in Conrad, Wisconsin. He joined the
United States Air Force on March 6, 1953, training in Aircraft Maintenance. On September 21, 1957,
Mindy married Gypsy Odum; they remained married for 57 years until Gypsy’s death in 2014. Over the
years, as Gypsy and Mindy’s family grew, so did Mindy’s responsibilities in the military as his career
changed focus from Aircraft Maintenance to Missile Facilities.
During his career, Mindy and his family served and lived in a variety of locations including Columbus,
Ohio; Ishmer, Turkey; Vandenberg, California; Satellite Beach, Florida and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Well-liked and respected, Mindy was active in both his community and his family’s lives. An avid
outdoorsman, Mindy enjoyed taking his family camping and fishing—traveling and exploring natural
wonders across the United State—a tradition that continues with the family today.
In his last Air Force duties, Mindy’s final title was Superintendent, Titan Launch Facilities Operations; he
was the Pad Chief of launch complex 40 and 41 at Cape Kennedy, Florida and Chairman of the
AGE/Facilities Subwork Group for refurbishment and update modifications. Mindy retired as a Senior
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in October 1979.
Retiring to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mindy began a new life as a civilian. He launched a 2 nd career in
maintenance working for almost 20 years at Current Inc. Gypsy and Mindy also were the owners of the
Fontanero Fountain at Musick’ Drug Store for over a decade. Later still, having decided true retirement
was not for him, Mindy began and continued working part time at Danis Asphalt. Mindy and his wife
Gypsy also became very active at Garden Ranch Baptist Church—especially within the benevolence
Mindy is preceded in death by his wife, Gypsy Mindykowski and son in law Ben Briley. He is survived by
son John Mindykowski (wife Mary) and daughters Rosemary Briley, and Lisa Porter (husband Gilbert). He
is also survived by two grandchildren, David Mindykowski (wife Lorie) and Amanda Mindykowski, four
great-grandchildren (Gianna, David Jr., Aedan, and Liam), and the Danis family.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 11 am at the Garden Ranch Baptist
Church, 3830 Van Teylingen Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Those wishing to do so may make
donations to the Garden Ranch Baptist Church Benevolence Fund in lieu of flowers.
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