Denver Douglas Kinder, age 83, of Hickory Drive, Morehead, a well-known businessman and community leader, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020, at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead.
Born February 5, 1937, in Rowan County, Denver was a son of the late Elmer R. Kinder and Myrle Hogge Kinder. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Irene Wilson Kinder; two sons, Steve Michael Kinder and Joseph Allen Kinder; one granddaughter, Tiara Kinder Combs; two brothers, Elmer R. Kinder, Jr., and Paul Kinder; and one sister, Lula Jane Curtis.
He is survived by his wife, Dollie McGuire Kinder; one daughter, Jackie Petersen (John) of Fairfax, Virginia; two stepsons, Louis Zehnder (Kelly) of Lexington and Thomas Zehnder (Bernice) of Georgetown; one brother, Gilbert Kinder of Flemingsburg; one grandson, Michael Douglas Kinder (Jaime) of Morehead; and three step grandchildren, Breanna and Ashley Zehnder of Georgetown and McKenzie Zehnder of Lexington.
Other survivors include nieces and nephews; extended family members; and many friends.
Denver’s accomplishments as a business owner can be seen throughout Rowan and surrounding counties. Early in his career, he was known for his skill as a brick mason and as a perfectionist always took pride in his work. He owned and managed several companies including Kinder Construction, Kinder Storage, and Rent-a-Tool. He was particularly proud of the many schools, banks, and MSU buildings, as well as the original University Cinema and Rowan County Public Library (now Folk Art Center) that he built. A well-known land developer, he was instrumental in the development of Hickory Pointe and Lakes of Hickory Pointe.
He was a member of Morehead Masonic Lodge No. 654, had been active in the Republican Party, participated in numerous fund-raising activities for civic organizations, and was a member of Little Mary Baptist Church.
Denver enjoyed traveling, history, and music of all genres. He was an expert jokester and practical jokester. Many friends and first-time acquaintances will always remember their introduction to “Mongoose,” one of Denver’s favorite puns.
Denver loved his family, especially the grandchildren, and will be greatly missed by all.
A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jared DeAtley and Rev. Joe Planck officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers: Michael Kinder, Ian Kinder, Louis Zehnder, Thomas Zehnder, William Robinson, and David Spencer. Honorary Pallbearers: Bob Neff, Jackie Ruth, Darrell Alderman, Tim Stover, John Petersen, Byron Hargett, Bill Moore and Richard White along with many others who meant so much to Denver.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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