Thomas I. "Tom" Kinard

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Thomas I. Kinard, age 69, passed away on June 15, 2012. Tom was born on July 23, 1942, to the late Irving and Ruby Kinard in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Galena Park High School, he served in Vietnam as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. Later, he became a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff's Department. At the time of his retirement, Tom was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a licensed radiology and MRI technician. Tom's most recent accomplishment was earning his associate degree from the Family Faith School of Ministry.

Tom found joy in serving his community. As a youth, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and later filled the position of Scout Master. He was a lifetime member of the Walker County Fair Association, where he served for many years on the Scramble Heifer Committee. Due to his convincing portrayal of Santa Clause, he was often invited to appear at events during the holiday season. He was also a proud Christian, who was actively involved in his church.

Tom's many interests led him to become a certified scuba diver, compete as a bull rider, and perform as a rodeo clown. His hobbies were woodcarving, photography, hunting, fishing, and playing the bass guitar. Also important, was his love for animals, especially his dogs.

Among what mattered most to Tom was family. He is survived by his beloved wife of eighteen years, Bonnie Kramer-Kinard; daughter, Dana Barron and husband Dennis; stepdaughter, Polly Junco and husband Michael; and stepson, Kendal Decker and wife Sherri. He was blessed with six grandchildren, including Dakota and Dalton Barron, Cash Gilmer, and Jacob, Bethany, and Anna Decker. Tom was predeceased by, son, Timothy Kinard.

The family will receive visitors on Monday, June 18, from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 19, at Huntsville Church of Christ, followed by internment at Brooke Cemetary.


Published on yourconroenews.com from June 16 to June 29, 2012