Kennedy - Norman Kinney Jr., 87, of 53 Bemis Road, died at 4:13 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 16, 2014), in the home of his granddaughter, Melissa Kinney Davis, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Kinney was born April 25, 1926, in the Town of Barton, N.Y., the son of the late Norman Kinney Sr. and Nellie (Root) Kinney. SSGT Kinney was a veteran
of World War II
, serving with General Patton in the 357th Infantry Regiment 90th Division of the United States Army
from Aug. 25, 1944, until his honorable discharge on July 26, 1946. Mr. Kinney was an infantryman and received the Purple Heart
following his imprisonment at Stoleg Prison 12A in Luxiburg, Germany. He also received awards for the World War Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He retired in 1982 from the Town of Ellicott where he was employed for 26 years and worked as a heavy equipment operator, diesel mechanic and as an assistant supervisor.
In earlier years, he worked for B.F. Goodrich in Jamestown. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his wife, Bessie, and his children and grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, was always working outside and was always helping others in their time of need.
Mr. Kinney was a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Disabled American Veterans Robert O. Illig Post 47 in Jamestown, life member of the N.Y.S. Sheriffs Association and the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the former Kennedy Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by five children: Warren (Cathy) Kinney, of Kennedy, Linda M. (David) Cusimano, of Ashville, Bethany (Howard) VanRensselaer, of Randolph, Robert (Linda) Schulz, of Randolph, and Sharon Dilworth, of Elmsford, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, Melissa Kinney-Davis, Justin Kinney, Darin Schulz, Denise Evans, Howie VanRensselaer, Michelle Clinger, Terry Szarowicz, Jennifer Abbott, David Dilworth, Deirdre Dilworth, Derek Cusimano, Corey Cusimano and Quinton Cusimano; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bessie E. Lindquist Kinney, whom he married on June 30, 1956, and who preceded him on Oct. 17, 2007; four siblings, Frederick Kinney (1986), Ruby Kinney (1924), Rebecca Jude (1946) and Frances Dow (1973).
The family received family and friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 19, 2014), in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, from where funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday (Jan. 20, 2014). Rev. Lee O'Brien officiated. Burial followed in the Valley View Cemetery in Ellington, N.Y. Full Military Honors were conducted by the Randolph American Legion Post 181.
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In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be sent to a