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Colonel Norman Wayne Kinder

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Colonel Norman Wayne Kinder Obituary

Colonel Norman Wayne Kinder (United States Army Retired) passed away at the age of 83, on Thursday, July 7, 2016. He was born in Hope, N.M., on Jan. 18, 1933. Norm graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1952, and attained a BS degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1956. He was Cadet Corps Commander, a Distinguished Military Graduate, and captain of the football team. Norm received his Master's from the University of Utah in 1977. Advanced military education included Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Defense Language Institute, Monterrey, California.

His family remembers him as a humble and honest man of integrity, a patriot, and an athlete who was unfailing in his love for them. He was quick to offer an encouraging word, quality time and a big hug. His 61-year marriage to Pat demonstrated to his family virtues such as respect, kindness, generosity and commitment, a model their children hope to follow in their own lives.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Dow Kinder; son Steven Kinder of Hixson; daughters and sons-in law, Renee' and Steve Farrar of Conyers, Ga., and Sharon and Ken Bittinger of Marietta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren and his sister JoAnn Maklary (Frank) of Albuquerque, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Karen "Ashley" Fennell and son-in-law Fred, parents William Oscar and Lillian Greenwood Kinder of Alamogordo, N.M., brother Kenneth Kinder (Vera) of Alamogordo, N.M., and sister Alene Kinder House (J.P.) of Miami, Ariz.

Colonel Kinder served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. A Ranger and Senior Paratrooper, his military decorations and awards include: the Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal. A personal career honor for Colonel Kinder was serving as a member of the Four Party Joint Military Commission sent to Hanoi to repatriate our POW's from the Hanoi Hilton at the end of the Vietnam war.

Following military service, Colonel Kinder enjoyed l0 years as Senior JROTC Army instructor at East Ridge High School.
An avid golfer, Norm could often be found on the links of Valleybrook Golf Club. He was also active with the Racquet Club of Chattanooga and was a former officer in the Chattanooga Tennis Association. Norm was a member of Burks United Methodist Church and was inspired by the Pairs and Spares class.

Memorial services were held in Hixson, Tenn., officiated by The Reverend Dr. Tony Collins. A private military burial was held at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343 or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Hospice of Chattanooga for their loving care and support.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6, 2016
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