Nov. 4, 1918 — July 29, 2013
Miles L. Kinzer of Walla Walla passed away July 29, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Vinita, Okla., to Dewey and Nellie Kinzer. He and his family moved from “The Dust Bowl” in Oklahoma to the Walla Walla Valley in 1931. He married Marvyl Duckworth in 1938 and they had two children, Leeanne Davies (Bill) of Hillsboro, and Bud Kinzer (Bonnie) of Walla Walla.
Miles was a veteran of World War II, serving in Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army where he received pins and badges of honor. After owning two small businesses, he went to work at Smith Canning Co., working his way up to assistant superintendant, where he worked for 20 years. He was an extremely hard worker, clever, inventive, and could fix almost anything.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing, hunting, and trips to the Oregon Coast. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, and liked nothing more than a good chat.
Miles was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 72 years, five brothers and one sister. He is survived by his two children, and five grandchildren, Bryan (Lisa) Rose of Newberg, Ore.; Laura (Terry) Weldon of Sherwood, Ore.; Julie Kinzer of Spokane; Dr. Gregg Kinzer (Muddy) of Sammamish, Wash.; and Brad (Nicki) of Springfield, Ore.
There will be a private memorial service at a later date. Herring Groseclose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.