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Dan Kinchen

Dan Lee Kinchen was born in Dallas, Texas on October 1, 1937 to Choice Roy and Marion Kinchen, one of 5 children. When Dan was a child, the family moved to Houston and at age 17, Dan moved back to Dallas to live with a favorite aunt and uncle. Fascinated by rockets and space, he pursued mechanical engineering at the University of Texas. He worked at Navion designing private light aircraft and also became a pilot and enjoyed flying. He also worked at Aerojet General and was involved with rocket design. He later joined IBM Engineering and relocated to San Jose. In California, he sailed and crewed in international sailboat races. He moved with IBM to Longmont, Colorado in Engineering and then Sales. In Colorado, he enjoyed building small sailboats and racing them, winning awards. Dan was the father of two children, David and DeAnn who often lived with him in their childhood and teenage years. He relocated with IBM Sales to Cheyenne Wyoming where he met Kathy and they were married in Cheyenne in September 1977. Dan then relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado with IBM Sales in 1981 where he and Kathy bought a home. After taking early retirement from IBM in 1985, Dan fulfilled his dream to live on the ocean and bought a 38 foot powerboat in Long Beach, with Kathy commuting to see him every weekend. Dan loved the ocean and spent many weeks and weekends on powerboats and sailboats going to Catalina as well as on cruises to Mexico. Dan relocated back to Colorado in 1994 when he and Kathy built a new home in Loveland and he resided here up until his death. In recent years, Dan enjoyed outdoor photography and loved hiking and traveling through the Southwest, including many trips with his brother Joe. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and doing road trips and often drove his 1970 Oldsmobile convertible in local parades. Dan was a life member of the Loveland Elks Lodge BPOE 1051, where he leaves many friends. He is survived in death by his wife, Kathy and his son David in Colorado; his brother Joe Michael and family of Prescott, Arizona, his daughter-in law, Staci Kinchen, and 5 grandchildren—Mallory Bonde, Darcey Kinchen, and Nick Wagstrom of Loveland; and Charlotte and Jamie Kinchen of Denver. He is survived by one great grandson, Dallas Sisk. He also leaves numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews in Texas and across the US. He was preceded in death by his daughter DeAnn and by his older brother Choice Roy and his older sister Marilynn. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11:00 A.M. at the Elks Lodge, 103 E. 4th Street, Loveland. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Loveland Elks Lodge BPOE 1051. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

Funeral Home

Viegut Funeral Home
1616 N. Lincoln Avenue Loveland, CO 80538
970-679-4669

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Oct. 23, 2013
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