Norman Kinney Jr., 87, of 53 Bemis Rd., Kennedy died at 4:13 P.M. Thursday (January 16, 2014) in the home of his grand-daughter Melissa Kinney Davis, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Kinney was born April 25, 1926 in the Town of Barton, NY the son of the late Norman Kinney Sr. and Nellie (Root) Kinney. SSGT Kinney, was a Veteran of World War II, serving with General Patton in the 357th Infantry Regiment 90th Division of the United States Army from August 25, 1944 until his honorable discharge on July 26, 1946. Mr. Kinney was an infantryman and received the Purple Heart following his imprisonment at Stoleg Prison 12A in Luxiburg Germany. He also received awards for World War Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Norm retired in 1982 from the Town of Ellicott where he was employed for 26 years and worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator, Diesel Mechanic and as Assistant Supervisor.
In earlier years he worked for B.F. Goodrich in Jamestown. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his wife Bessie and his children and grandchildren. He loved the out doors and was always working outside and was always helping others in their time of need.
He was a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Disabled American Veterans Robert O. Illig Post 47 in Jamestown, life member of the N.Y.S. Sheriffs Association and the National Riffle Association. He was a member of the former Kennedy Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by five children: Warren Kinney and wife Cathy of Kennedy, Linda M. Cusimano and husband David of Ashville, Bethany VanRensselaer and Husband Howard of Randolph, Robert Schulz (Linda) of Randolph and Sharon Dilworth of Elmsford, NY. Thirteen Grandchildren: Melissa Kinney-Davis, Justin Kinney, Darin Schulz, Denise Evans, Howie VanRensselaer, Michelle Clinger, Terry Szarowicz, Jennifer Abbott, David Dilworth, Deirdre Dilworth, Derek Cusimano, Corey Cusimano and Quinton Cusimano and twenty one great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bessie E. Lindquist Kinney, whom he married on June 30, 1956 and who preceded him on October 17, 2007, four siblings, Frederick Kinney (1986), Ruby Kinney (1924) Rebecca Jude (1946) Frances Dow (1973).
The family received family and friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, from where funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Lee O'Brien officiated. Burial followed in the Valley View Cemetery in Ellington, NY. Full Military Honors were conducted by the Randolph American Legion Post 181.
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