Jack Kinyon, Greenfield, May 16, 2016

Jack Leo Kinyon was born June 3, 1920 in Redondo Beach, California to Walter L. and Arilda (Young) Kinyon. He passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at the age of 95.

Jack was raised in rural Adair County and graduated from Greenfield High School. Following high school, he attended Iowa State University. Jack served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS New Mexico from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He participated in 15 battles in the Pacific and the occupation of Japan. Jack received the Navy Commendation Medal.

On Dec. 8, 1945, Jack was united in marriage to Leita Florence Frank. To this union three children were born: Lawrence, Kathleen, and Barbara. The family lived and farmed near Bridgewater. In 1987 Jack and Leita moved to Greenfield. They had been married 59 years when Leita passed away in 2005. Following Leita’s death Jack moved to the Homestead Co-op. Jack enjoyed playing cards, woodworking projects, gardening, and caring for his roses. Jack was a member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church, Legion Post 703 in Bridgewater for 71 years, and VFW in Greenfield. He was a life member in the USS New Mexico Association and was a 63 year member of Farm Bureau.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leita, brothers Wayne and Rex, and sister Velda Hovendick.

He is survived by his son Lawrence Kinyon and wife Carrie of Rural Hall, North Carolina; two daughters, Kathleen Kinne of Erie, Kansas, and Barbara Wolfe and husband Don of Randolph, Iowa; granddaughter Denise Reissig and husband Richie of Erie, Kansas; great grandsons Gavin and Grant Reissig; four step grandsons; eight step great-grandchildren; six step great-great-grandchildren; brother Keith Kinyon of Greenfield; other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held May 25, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, Greenfield, Iowa with Pastor Eric Schubert officiating.

Music was provided by organist Melody Olson with congregational hymns “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace.”

Pallbearers were James Kinyon, Richard Woodside, Pat Cass, Marlan Frank, John Frank, Sr. and Todd Thompson.

Floral committee was Jane Symonds and Kathy Foster.

Interment was at the Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, with full military graveside rites by Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357.

The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield was in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.


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