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Earl Kinney - May 28, 2013


Earl Eldon Kinney, 89 years of age from Minden, formerly of Franklin died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Earl was born on Aug. 15, 1923, in Campbell to Clyde and Zelpha (Weaver) Kinney. Earl was the seventh of nine children born to Clyde and Zelpha.
He attended grade school at District 23 and graduated from Campbell High School in 1941.
Earl married Louisa Jelken in 1945 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon. They had two children: Marie Therese died at birth in 1949 and Loren died in 1963 at the age of 17 from Leukemia.
Earl served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946. His basic training was in Alabama, and he went to Germany and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
Earl returned and farmed for 10 years and then they moved to Idaho in 1957. In 1967 they moved to Irving, Texas. Earl worked for Darr Equipment until his retirement. They moved back to Franklin in 1986.
He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon and had served on the Deacon Board. He was also a member of the Macon Lion’s Club and had served as zone chairman.
Earl enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He loved helping people and enjoyed everyone. He never met a stranger. He was also a member of the Franklin American Legion Post 209 and the VFW 5757.
Survivors include his wife, Louisa of Minden; sister, Erma Jean Albers of Campbell; sisters- in-law, Vaila Kinney of Georgia, Elverna Herrick of Franklin and Irene Lodge of Fort Worth, Texas; brother-in-law, Frank Jelken and wife, Norma Jean of Franklin; and a host of nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by son, Loren Ray; daughter, Marie Therese; brothers, Cecil, Kenneth, Oscar, Jim, Edward and Owen; and sister, Arley Timmers.
Funeral services were June 1 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon with the Revs. Baron and Nancy Cole officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery with Military Rites.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.