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Walter Kinkel

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Walter J. Kinkel

MANSFIELD: Walter J. Kinkel died March 22, 2014 in Hospice of MedCentral at Cancer Care. Born July 20, 1929 in New Jersey to Jacob and Elsie (Keller) Kinkel, the family moved to Mansfield in 1933. He had three sisters: Elsie, Martha and Ruth.

Walter enjoyed school and was at Woodland School when it opened. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1947 and received his BA from Harvard University in 1951. Walter serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of Sergeant. He joined the family firm, the North American Knitting Company and became president upon his father's retirement.

Always community-minded, Walter served on the following boards of directors: Mansfield Memorial Homes, Dayspring, the Mansfield Symphony, Mansfield Typewriter, Key Bank, Mansfield Ferrous Castings, Richland Foundation, Ada Ford Fund, Discovery School, Rehab Center/Progress Industries, and the Mansfield-Richland Area Chamber of Commerce.

For many years, Walter enjoyed the camaraderie of the Fifty-One Club.

Walter is survived by his devoted wife, Gizella, whom he married in 1958 in Lugano, Switzerland; daughter, Ruth Cropper; son, John Kinkel (Jenelle); grandchildren, Julia Cropper and Nicholas Kinkel. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Dan Cropper.

Walter loved trees, books, and classical music. One of his favorite quotes, by Alfred North Whitehead, reads "Culture is activity of thought and receptiveness to beauty and humane feelings". Walter Kinkel was a cultured man.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no memorial service or funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Discovery School, the Mansfield Art Center, the Mansfield Symphony or the .

Julia Cropper painted her grandfather's portrait.

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Published in the News Journal on Mar. 30, 2014
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