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Eugene Frederick Kinen, 80, of Atlantic, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, at the Heritage House in Atlantic.
Gene was born Aug. 20, 1932, in Atlantic, the son of William and Gladys (Miller) Kinen. He grew up on a farm north of Wiota and graduated from Wiota High School in 1950.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1950, serving until 1954. After his return to Atlantic, Gene started working at Pelgas. On May 4, 1957, he was united in marriage to Shirley Bennett at the S.S. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Atlantic. In 1998, he retired after 43 years at Pelgas.
He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Gene was active in his community and served as a Cub Master, school volunteer and church leader. He was a member of both the Lions Club and the Elks Club. Gene also served on the Atlantic City Council.
Gene never knew a stranger. He had an avid love of sports and was a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals. With his love for sports, he coached little league for his children and was an umpire for little league games. Gene assisted with the football games for Atlantic high school and was in charge of moving the chains for many years. The highlight of the football chain gang was assisting during the 2002 championship Atlantic High School game at the UNI Dome. Gene grew up on a farm and loved to attend the Cass County Fair. Gene had a special love for his grandchildren, they were his pride and joy.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Kinen, of Atlantic; his children, Douglas (Gwen) Kinen of Indian Rock Beach, Fla., Dennis (Judy) Kinen of Council Bluffs, Diana (Gerhard) Marburg of Atlantic, and David Kinen of Chillicothe, Mo.; his grandchildren, Alexis Kline, Alison Robinson, Megan Kinen, Erin Kinen and Jessica Hazlehurst; his great-grandchildren, Jackson and Baylor; his sisters, Doris (Waldo) Leander of Cedar Bluffs, Neb., Charlotte (Roy) McLaughlin of Caldwell, Idaho and Mary Jo Kinen (friend Kari Kaiser) of Omaha; his brother, Larry (Cheryl) Kinen of Papillion, Neb.; his sister-in-law, Colette Kinen of Atlantic; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys Kinen, his brother, Charles Kinen and his niece, Claudette Kinen.
Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic with burial to follow in Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association or the
in Gene's name.
Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at HYPERLINK "http://www.hockenberryfamilycare.com" www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on July 6, 2013