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Larry L. Kinne

1930 - 2010 Obituary Condolences

Larry L. Kinne, 80, was born May 11, 1930 in Corning, California to Leila and Charles H. Kinne, Sr. He died on September 5, 2010 at his home in Stirling City.

He grew up in Capay and graduated from Orland High in 1948. He worked for Diamond Match until he was drafted and sent to Korea where he served for 2 years (1951-53), earning the Korean Service medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service medal. Soon after returning home, he met and then married Burene "Rene" Hien (nee Herburger) in 1956. They were inseparable for 49 years until her death in 2005. They raised their children in Stirling City while he worked in Chico for Peterson Tractor. They went to Anchorage, Alaska in the early 1980s where he continued working as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic for a few summers. He was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Union for several decades, retiring in 1987 after suffering a back injury while working in Orick, CA. For the next 18 years, they enjoyed winters in Niland by the Salton Sea.

He most enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, building things in his garage, and keeping up on the news. He was truly a "Jack of all trades" who was seldom idle, and he enjoyed spending time on the tree farm he was creating north of Susanville in the last decade of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rene, son Leslie, and brothers Charles and Arnold. Survivors include sons Steven L. and Larry C. Kinne, daughter Ida Alice Ryan; brother Gene Kinne, sister Leila Hayden; Peggy Fehrman, who brought joy to the last five years of his life and lovingly cared for him during his illness; three grandchildren: Stephanie P. Kinne-Sparrow, Nicholaus S. Ryan and Steven Traxler; three great-grandchildren: Liberty Sparrow, Skyler Sparrow and Summer Traxler, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9th at the Stirling City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Larry's name to the Stirling City Volunteer Fire Department, on which he served for many years.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 6, 2010
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