James B Kinney

October 5, 1948 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 73)


James Basil Kinney, 73, of Ionia, passed away at Country Living AFC in Portland, on Saturday, March 26, 2022.  James was born on October 5, 1948, in Ionia, the son of James and Clara (Reed) Kinney.  He graduated from Ionia High School with the Class of 1966,  and then proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam war.  He retired from General Motors, Fisher Body in Lansing after working there 30 years.  James enjoyed many outdoor activities, including kayaking around the Great Lakes, canoeing, metal detecting, jogging, bicycling, rugged camping, and panning for gold out west. He was also a talented woodworker.

James is loved and survived by his children, Matt (Rachel) Kinney of Portland, Oregon, Megan Barber of Holt and Corrine Barrett of Big Lake, Alaska his grandchildren, Darrell James, Jordan, and Jeremy, his brothers and sisters, Jane (Patrick) Hummel, Kitty (Tom) Lower, and Scott Shotwell all of Ionia, and Jeff (Becky) Shotwell of Sheridan.

James was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Steven Kinney.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 1:00 PM, at Ashley Cemetery in Grattan Township, with Pastor Mike Simmons officiating.  Following the graveside service there will be a luncheon at the Belding VFW, 148 N. Bridge Street.  Funeral care has been entrusted to Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, in Belding.  Memorials may be given to Ionia Area Hospice.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  

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Graveside Service
June 25, 2022

1:00 PM
Ashley Cemetery, Belding

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