FREDERICKTOWN — Raymond Ellis “Butch” Kinney went to his heavenly home on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Knox Community Hospital Palliative Care Center. Raymond, a resident of Fredericktown, fought a six-week battle with pancreatic cancer.
Raymond was born in the Mercy Hospital, Mount Vernon, on April 5, 1960. He was the only son of Lewis Kinney and Georgeann (Lahmon) Kinney who reside in Centerburg. Raymond was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother and special friend. He had a deep faith in his heavenly father and he dedicated his life to serving and looking out for those around him.
Raymond is a graduate of Highland High School, Class of ’78. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Theology from Ashland University.
In the early ’80s, Raymond was a part owner/operator of Mount Vernon Ambulance Service and then worked as an EMT for medical transport. Raymond joined the Knox County Sheriff’s department in 1989 and in 1993 was appointed the first Knox County D.A.R.E. officer. While the D.A.R.E. officer, he touched the lives of many Knox County children, he received two governor’s commendation awards for his work in the program and also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mount Vernon Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Raymond was an associate of Lowe’s for several years as a retail sales manager and loss prevention manager. Ray accepted a position with Kroger Company in 2009. He was responsible for the loss prevention program of the Mansfield stores. He was highly respected and loved by those he worked with. Ray was associated with Mansfield MedCentral as part-time security associate.
Ray loved the time he spent with his children riding and showing quarter horses as they were growing up. He always made time for his little granddaughter and loved her dearly. Ray was a student of the Civil War studies. He always enjoyed family gatherings.
Ray is survived by his parents; his children, Jessie (Josh) Doup of Fredericktown, Josh Kinney of Mount Vernon; his granddaughter, Jenelle Doup; his sister, Kim (John) Davison of Middlefield; nephews, Paedric (Allie) Davis of Columbus, Bryan Davis, USN, Lewis Davis of Middlefield; his special friend and love, Cindy Harter of Bellville; his uncle, Rueben (Gracie) Kinney of Hershey, Pa.; his aunt, Lois (Garry) Sawyer of Bellville; and his best friend and nurse, Gwen Altizer Ludlow.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Minnie (VanNostrand) Lahmon; paternal grandparents, Red and Virginia (Pierce) Kinney; and an uncle, John Lahmon.
Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., Fredericktown. A service will be held Friday, at the church, beginning at 11 a.m., with Pastor Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery in Sparta.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial gifts to be made to Raymond E. Kinney Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 511, Centerburg, OH 43011. The fund will provide a memorial scholarship for a student going into the medical field.
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