ENERGY - Robert D. Kinley, 74, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Herrin Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Robert worked for Collard Heating and Air Conditioning in Herrin, Olin Matheson Corporation, Old Ben 27 coal mine, and, after the coal mine closed, he was a farmer until he retired.
He was a member of United Mine Workers Local Union 2420 and a charter member of Fin and Feather Club in Freeman Spur. He also was a member of Freeman Spur American Legion Post 1273, Southern Freedom Abate Chapter and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.
Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
, serving from 1955 until 1961.
He was born Aug. 6, 1938, in Freeman Spur, to Edward and Eva (Spagnoli) Kinley.
Robert was united in marriage with Judith Ann Watson on Dec. 5, 1964, in Free Methodist Church in Chittyville.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judy Kinley of Energy; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debbie Kinley of Carterville; two grandsons, Kyle Dillon Kinley of Carterville and Tyson Moore and his wife, Melissa, of Marion; great-granddaughter, Isabel Faith Moore of Marion; sister, Helen Crespi of West Frankfort; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Edward and Betty Kinley of Herrin and Mike Kinley and Lola Bird of Carterville; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Watson of Herrin; one niece, Lynn Crespi of Herrin; and four nephews, John Crespi and wife, Jennifer, of Herrin, Tom Crespi of West Frankfort, Jim Kinley of Freeman Spur and Scott Kinley and wife Jane of Herrin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Robert Crespi; and a nephew, Harry Edward Kinley.
In accordance with his wishes, Robert will be cremated. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Interment with military graveside rites, conducted by Herrin American Legion Post 645, Baker-Ladd VFW
Post 1567 and Illinois Army National Guard Honor Detail, will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 316 W. Monroe St., Herrin, IL 62948, or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 201 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959, and will be accepted at the funeral home.