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Jack Kinder

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Jack A. Kinder, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at his home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Scott City, Mo., son of Allen Thurman and Myrtle Emily Gross Kinder. He and Moxene Williamson were married Sept. 18, 1940, at Fredericktown, Mo. She died Oct. 17, 1986.

Jack played the piano and banjo by ear since he was 14 years old. He worked for Cotton Belt Railroad and as an insurance salesman 26 years. He was also a professional musician and had the Jack Kinder Band 51 years. He also played with circus bands, German Band, vaudeville bands, Homer Gilbert Band, the Blue Rhythm Boys, and an Indian Band.

He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, member of Methodist Men's Club since 1956, Lions Club 50 years, member of Kiwanis and Musicians Clubs, and former member of the Jaycees.

Survivors include a son, Gary Kinder of Sikeston, Mo.; two daughters, Jaxene Hillebert of Phoenix, Ariz., Pamela Moehlenhof of Escondido, Calif.; six grandchildren, Beth, Christy, Heather, Chad, G.W., and Amanda; and seven great-grandchildren, Reanne, Ashley, Kyler, Cassidy, McKenna, Cameron and Hallie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Dr. Clayton Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Jack Kinder Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 7300, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63701.