Charles Duane Kinney

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Durango resident Charles Duane Kinney died Monday, July 16, 2012, at his home. He was 79.

Mr. Kinney was born to Justin and Bernice Kinney on Aug. 29, 1932, in Liberal, Kan. He was one of five boys. His family moved to Ridgway, where he grew up.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1952 during the Korean War. Mr. Kinney served on a battleship as a gunner and as a Seabee, a member of the Naval Construction Force, in several places during his four years of service, including Nagasaki, Japan, and South Korea.

In 1956, he married Rose Elaine Nelson in Cañon City.

Upon his return to Southwest Colorado, he began working for the Colorado Department of Transportation in Durango. Mr. Kinney worked on numerous slides and recoveries on the passes between Durango and Ouray. He retired from the state after 31 years of service and continued to work for local contractors in and around Durango.

“Duane adored his grandchildren and loved to ride and care for horses,” his family said.

Mr. Kinney was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Rose Elaine Kinney.

He is survived by his sons Dan Kinney of Ignacio and Roy Kinney of Aztec; brothers Aaron Kinney of Olathe and Clark Kinney of Bozeman, Mont.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Cremation will occur. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Ignacio Community Church, 405 Browning Ave. The Rev. Randall Haynes will officiate.

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