Arnold Leon Kinstler - SAVANNAH - Arnold Leon Kinstler, age 87, died on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Beth A. Kinstler, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 4, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey to Herbert Kinstler and Molly Levy Kinstler and raised in New York. Before he graduated from high school he began working for his father in the family business, Herbert Kinstler Manufacturing, a firm devoted to buying and making fine jewelry. In the early 1940's he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a waist gunner on the Miss Judy, the B-29 which was the diversionary plane in the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. After the war he married Adelaide Avalon and helped to found Comet Fibers, a Brooklyn, N.Y. textile firm manufacturing batting and garneting for firms in the garment district in New York City and surrounding Burroughs along with his father in law and brother in law and several other family relatives. In 1963 he began managing a number of other textile firms, including a year in upstate New York, two years in Anniston and Jacksonville, AL, three years back in New York, and then in 1969 settled in Savannah, Georgia, where he commuted to Hardeeville, SC to manage the last on-shore textile firms in the United States. In 1971 he established HK Enterprises and Atlantic Industries. He built many buildings in the coastal empire, swimming pools; and invested in real estate. He was a thirty second degree Mason, a former member of the Lion's Club, a former member of the Barbershop Quartet Group where he was better at making the sets than singing. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Adelaide Avalon Kinstler; his children and their spouses, Beth A. Kinstler, Ann K. and Michael Scott, Herbert and Ellen Kinstler and their children, Adelaide and Danny; and Lori and Tracy McIntyre and their children,David, Michael, James and Jill McIntyre, his sisters Sylvia Landon of Hollywood Hills, CA, and Jocelyn Ney of Lafayette Hills, PA, and a great grandchild. His sister Elaine Ephraim of Port Washington, NY predeceased him. Per his wishes, his remains will be cremated and the ashes strewn over the ocean where he spent many happy weekends deep-sea fishing with his friends. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406; or Veterans Honor Flight. Visitation: 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home - Hubert C. Baker Chapel. Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hubert C. Baker Chapel, at Fairhaven Funeral Home. Savannah Morning News October 6, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Oct. 6, 2013