Donald Francis Kinney, age 83, of Mason, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 on the Kinney farm, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born to Philip and Myrtle (Osher), on the Kinney farm, on January 23, 1930, during a driving snowstorm. Growing up during the depression was challenging but during those years he learned how family and friends could help each other through difficult times. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1947 and began his college career at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, until returning to Mason to help care for his injured brother, Vincent. He married his wife, Shirley, of 58 years, in April of 1955.
Don served in the military from 1954-1962, enlisting in the Wisconsin National Guard, earning the Wisconsin Red Arrow Outstanding Recruit for marksmanship. While in the National Guard he was able to drive military jeeps, which turned into a lifelong interest in jeeps. He served in the U.S. Navy and was an Electronic Technician working on aircraft aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) in the Western Pacific.
Following his military service, he left to work for American Motors, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for two years, to support his young family and save money for college. While finishing his Bachelor of Business degree at Northland College, Ashland, he was also operating the family farm. Reading to his kids after milking often consisted of reading from an accounting or economics textbook.
After graduation he managed the Ashland Savings & Loan for ten years. He was very proud to be able to help so many families purchase their homes. As a father of a young, growing family, he understood the importance of a have a good home to raise a family. Later he chose to farm full-time with his wife and children. He enjoyed playing with his kids and grandkids, visiting with family and friends, discussing local history related to logging and railroads. His favorite website was tractorhouse.com. He held great pride in his Irish ancestry and his wife Shirley’s accomplishments as postmaster and Bayfield Co. 4-H leader.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Philip and Myrtle (Osher); sisters: Eileen and Lorraine; his brother, Vincent Kinney, and son-in-law, Ron Bartholomew.
His is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Shirley (Hecimovich); and their 9 children: Rosanne Bartholomew, of Mason; Kevin (Tracy Tutland), of Green River, Wyoming; Donald Patrick, of Ashland, Wisconsin; Jeanne (Michael) Kawleski, of Sobieski, Wisconsin; Sharon (Kurt) Huybrecht, of Ashland; Michael (Jeanne Mortel), of River Falls, Wisconsin; Jim (Heidi Deininger), of Verona, Wisconsin; Bob (Tami O’Connell), of New Brighton, Minnesota and Carolyn Kinney, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also survived by: 22 grandchildren: Katie (John) Carter; Erik, and Jason (Gwen) Bartholomew; Travis, Kristopher (Autumn), and John Michael Kinney; Daniel, Laura, and Amy Kawleski; Steven, Brian, Kevin, and Zachery Huybrecht; Grace and Cecilia Kinney; Caitlyn and Jaclyn Kinney; and Olivia and Madeline Kinney, 2 step-grandchildren: Emily and Elizabeth Blaser; along with 4 great-grandchildren: Lydia Carter, Colten Bartholomew, Isabella and Archer Kinney.
A visitation, for family and friends will be held at Mountain Funeral Home, in Ashland, on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. with military honors by the United Chequamegon Area Veterans at 7:15, and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue on Friday morning at the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland, beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing until the hour or the service.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Don at 11a.m., Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, in Ashland. Father Paul Paré, O.F.M., will be the Celebrant. Donald's casket bearers will include: Kevin Kinney, Patrick Kinney, Michael Kinney, James Kinney, Robert Kinney, and Erik Bartholomew.
A luncheon will immediately follow the Mass.
Interment, in the Mason Cemetery will take place at 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013. American Legion Post #516, of Mason, will perform military graveside services.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, in Ashland; or the Mason Area Fire and Ambulance Department.
Our Ashland Chapel has been entrusted with the details of Donald’s memorialization.