Keith Ray Kinder, 87, of Boise, passed away on June 2, 2018 after battling cancer and being cared for at home by family and dedicated caregivers. He was born May 12, 1931 in La Junta, Colorado, son of Delaney and Freida Kinder and was raised in Las Animas, Colorado.
Keith served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 where he was trained as a diesel mechanic and saw many ports in the Far East aboard the USS Gunston Hall. Keith was a grocer for many years working at Food King and eventually owning his own grocery store. In later years he went to work for Boise Urban Stages as a diesel mechanic, before retiring in 1993. He spent his retirement doing what he loved best driving for Avis Rent-a-Car.
He moved to Idaho after his honorable discharge from the United States Navy, where he reunited with his sweetheart, Pat Goodson. They were married October 14, 1956. They settled in Boise and together raised four children.
Keith loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and he was on a bowling league for many years. After retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with the Albertson Open Golf Tournament. One of the highlights of his day was meeting friends Bobby Brassfield and Wes Loveland and other Avis friends for coffee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother and his daughter Kimberly J Kinder. He is survived by his wife Patricia Kinder, his twin brother, Ken (Ida) Kinder, his son, Kevin Kinder and two daughters Kathi (Kevin) McLeod, Kristi (Clarence) Covington, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor at Idaho Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, Idaho on June 12, 2018 at 11:00 am. Celebration of Keith’s life will be held immediately following at the home of Clarence and Kristi Covington in Eagle, Idaho. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to a favorite charity.