Roger "Red" Kinney (1934 - 2016)

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Long time Alaska resident Roger "Red" Kinney passed away on June 8, 2016, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a sudden onset illness diagnosed as Osteomyelitis. Red was born on Aug. 13, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Henry and Edla Kinney. He came to Alaska as an agent with Northwest Airlines in 1957, and always considered himself fortunate to experience the Alaska of that time. He was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman and spent several years as an assistant guide for Lee Holen - this was a highlight of his life. The off-seasons consisted of stints as a bartender in some of Anchorage's "old haunts": The 210 Club, The Sand Lake Lounge and the original log Peanut Farm, which he aided Al Bertel in building. His bartending gigs suited him perfectly as he was never at a loss for a great yarn, a litany of jokes or grand ideas to implement in the future. A natural zodiac Leo, his "behind the plank" time afforded him the perfect stage. He was frustrated in his attempts to enlist in the service during the Vietnam War. He lost his left eye when he was a child and was therefore classified as 4-F, despite repeated attempts to sign up. His solution to the dilemma resulted in his applying for and being accepted for employment with Air America. His wishes came true when he was assigned as transportation manager at Tan San Nhut Air Force Base in Saigon, and he was at that post during the infamous Tet Offensive. During his days at the Northwest counter at Anchorage International, he met Sue Brisbin, a stewardess for Cordova Airlines. Though they knew each other for several years, they started dating just before he left for Vietnam which resulted in a wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii, in March 1968, after an inconvenient delay caused the the aforementioned Tet Offensive. On his return from Vietnam, Red put his natural born salesman skills to good use in a life long series of jobs in the sales industry. These included working for Jack White Real Estate while Jack White himself was still at the helm, concrete/cement sales and most recently in car sales with Worthington Ford, Nye Motors and Alaska Sales and Service. In 1976, he embarked on the adventure of turning a one-room cabin on Pleasure Island on Flat Lake into what eventually morphed into a 4 level dream home with a large sunroom and glassed-in atrium kitchen overlooking the lake. The cabin sold five years ago but the 35 year swath of " Red Kinney's life at the lake" will live on. Growing up in Minnesota, his love of playing hockey was a given. Though he played in the Anchorage city league in his younger years, he really found his niche in playing in the senior league with the York Steel old-timers team. Some of his most cherished friendships were formed on the ice at the old arena and at the immediate aftermath of every game, a mass migration to the Cheechako for beer, darts and Romano's Pizza - somewhat in that order! Red is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughter, Angela Noelle, whom he always referred to simply as "Princess"; and the two lights of his life, grandchildren Kate Lynne Sue and Alex Christian; his sports buddy and fellow Minnesota Viking fanatic; as well as many, many dear friends. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all. Services will be held at Baxter Road Bible Church, 3600 Baxter Road in Anchorage, at 1:30 p.m. on June 24, 2016, followed by a celebration of life at the Moose Lodge, 4211 Arctic Blvd. in Anchorage, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Arrangements are with Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 16, 2016
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