Jordan Diedrich Minnigan, age 20, of Zionsville, Indiana, died March 27, 2016.
He was born March 4, 1996, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Jane Diedrich and Hal Minnigan. Jordan attended Union Elementary School, Zionsville Middle School, and graduated from Zionsville High School in 2014. In high school he was a member of the Zionsville High School Jazz Band; the Marching Eagles; and the Steel Eagles Robotics Club, competing at the Vex World Robotics Championship in Anaheim, California, in April 2013. He attended IUPUI and completed his first year in engineering school in 2015.
Jordan ran his own lawn care business and worked at the Zion Nature Center. He had a great love of domestic and wild animals, and to his family he was "The Chicken Whisperer." He loved nature, spending time outdoors, bicycling and growing hydroponic vegetables. Jordan loved his alone time but was also very dedicated to his family.
He was an independent, adventurous child, who always smiled, and enjoyed anything new. He was passionate about computer science, nature, cars, and above all robotics, always adding to his list of new things to investigate. Jordan had a deep curiosity about mechanical things and was just as likely to take apart a toy as play with it. He had a thirst for knowledge and never felt as comfortable with traditional classroom education as he did talking to adults or learning by doing. As a teenager, Jordan was very observant and sensitive to so much around him. He took global issues of ecology and sustainability to heart and cared deeply about the future of the planet. He worried about overpopulation, deforestation, climate change and the increasing challenge of feeding a growing world. Jordan saw injustice and struggled to understand it.
He fought against anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder for the last six years of his short life. He will be remembered as a beautiful man who put others first and in the end was unable to see his own amazing worth.
He is survived by his parents, Jane Frances Diedrich and Hal Jordan Minnigan, of Zionsville; his twin sister, Sadie Diedrich Minnigan, of Zionsville; grandparents, Yvonne and Arthur Diedrich, of Avon, Minnesota, and Richard D. (Don) Minnigan, of Nashville, Tennessee; seven aunts and uncles, Ann (Bruce) Meredith, Glenn (Deb) Diedrich and Diane (Dan) Zimmermann, all of Avon, Minnesota, Jim (LeeAnn) Diedrich, of Woodbury, Minnesota, Teresa Kramer, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Bonnie Diedrich Singh, of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and David Minnigan (Lisa), of Brentwood, Tennessee; 17 cousins, Natalie (Wes) Trevis, Amelia (Josh) Koch, Patrick Diedrich, Andrew Diedrich, Aerin (Jessica) Zimmermann, Thomas (Candice) Zimmermann, Alyssa (Clint) Johnson, Alexa Diedrich, Cerise Diedrich, Kim (Matt) Meyer, Andrea (Nick) Sodahl, Lauren Meredith, Jenna Meredith, Jake Meredith, Bradley (Jessie) Minnigan, Leigh (Francisco) Valdes, and Ryan Minnigan.
Jordan's ceremonies will held on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Aaron Ruben Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. There will be time for those who want to share brief memories of Jordan.
Friends may also leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting www.arnmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Wheeler Mission, wheelermission.org, or Central Indiana Land Trust, www.conservingindiana.org, in the memory of Jordan Diedrich Minnigan.
Published on April 4, 2016