Norman Kinney Jr., 87, of 53 Bemis Road, Kennedy, died at 4:13 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 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, N.Y., the son of the late Norman Kinney Sr. and Nellie (Root) Kinney.
Staff Sgt. Kinney was a veteran of World War II, serving with General Patton in the 357th Infantry Regi-ment, 90th Division of the U.S. Army from Aug. 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 the World War Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Army of Occupa-tion 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, Bes-sie and his children and grandchildren. He loved the outdoors and was always working outside and 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 Rifle As-sociation. 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 Ken-nedy, Linda M. Cusimano and husband, David of Ashville, Bethany VanRensselaer and husband, Howard of Randolph, Robert Schulz (Linda) of Ran-dolph, and Sharon Dilworth of Elmsford, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren: Melissa Kinney-Davis, Justin Kinney, Darin Schulz, Denise Evans, Howie VanRensselaer, Michelle Clinger, Terry Szarowicz, Jennifer Abbott, David Dilworth, Deir-dre Dilworth, Derek Cu-simano, Corey Cusimano and Quinton Cusimano; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie E. Lind-quist Kinney, whom he married on June 30, 1956, and who preceded him on Oct. 17, 2007; four siblings: Frederick Kinney (1986), Ruby Kinney (1924), Rebecca Jude (1946), Frances Dow (1973).
The family will receive family and friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 19, 2014) in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, from where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Lee O'Brien will officiate. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery in Ellington, N.Y. Full military honors will be conducted by the Randolph American Legion Post 181.
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In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to a charity of choice.