Julius "Jake" Kindervater, 93, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at his home after a short illness.
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Born July Fourth in Roanoke, Va., Jake was a true firecracker. Stationed in England and Germany during World War II, he returned after four years of service back to his hometown of Elizabethtown. He relocated with his family to Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1971 to work at Tennessee Trailers. Jake always loved to travel with his wife Tibby, making friends wherever they went in America and abroad.
Jake was preceded in death by his parents, Capt. William and Ella Roddy Kindervater; his wife, Gladys "Tibby;" a son, Craig; three brothers, William, Robert and Neal; a sister, Christine; a niece, Joyce; and nephew, William.
He is survived by a son, Kent Kindervater (Britta) and a grandson, Lucas, all of Chattanooga; a stepson, James Troy (Linda) of Elizabethtown; a granddaughter, Jamie Williams and her family of Andover, Kan.; a sister, Carolyn Dupuy of Tampa, Fla.; and 17 nieces and nephews and their families throughout the country.
The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Advantage Funeral Cremation Services, 1724 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404. Interment, with military honors, follows in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.
Advantage Funeral Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The News-Enterprise from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2014