Herman Karl Kinnie

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died November 11, 2019

Herman Karl Kinnie, age 70, of Gladstone passed away peacefully at his home Monday evening November 11, 2019.

Herman was born in Escanaba, Michigan, on March 30, 1949, the son of Herman and Ellen (Powers) Kinnie.
Herman graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1972 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following his graduation he worked for many years at FM Global in Wisconsin as a Loss Prevention Engineer. He returned to his beloved Gladstone to enjoy his retirement When he was not sitting on his deck enjoying the view of Bay de Noc, he occupied himself with activities such as home remodeling projects, gardening, swimming, boating and visiting family in California. He will be remembered as a kind, quiet and generous soul who could surprise you with his quick sense of humor and mischievous smile.

Herman is survived by:
Nephew Steven (Joan) Texmunt, Niece Cindy (Roger) Behnke, Niece Yvonne (Lew) Frye, Niece Francis (Randy) Van Leeuwen, Niece Ann Postl

Herman was preceded in death by:
Herman and Ellen (Powers) Kinnie
Half Brother Clifford Kinnie
Half Brother Elof Kinnie
Half Sister Laverne Texmunt

His family would like to thank the friends, neighbors and caregivers who surrounded Herman with kindness and companionship. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Kinnie family.

10 Tributes for “Herman Karl Kinnie

    So sorry to hear of his passing. He was always so quiet. He was as kind as he was quiet. We were high school classmates. Fly with the angels, Herman

    As a fellow member of the FM Global family of which Herman was an employee, I would like to offer condolence in his passing. He was a well liked guy who knew a surprising number of people through his work. This includes both fellow employees and contacts through the many industries and locations he visited. All will remember him as a hard worker and steady guy. It may be impossible to get the word of his passing to the many people who knew him because his work was so broad ranged. We will remember him with a toast at the FM Christmas Dinner.

    Herman worked with my husband, Chuck Kugel, for many years at FM Global in Milwaukee. I know Chuck had great respect for him and his abilities. I am sure he will be greatly missed by friends and family.

    I worked with Herman for nearly 40-years and considered him a friend for an even longer period of time. Those meeting Herman for the first time might think he was stand-offish, but in reality he had a quiet, caring heart and put others ahead of himself. He was extremely intelligent and had a wry sense of humor and a complex personality. A bit of Herman Karl Kinnie trivia demonstrates Herman’s varied personalities. Did you know Herman was the drum major of his high school band? Who’d of thought?! I will miss Herman’s smile and his deep friendship. He was a special guy!

    I was so saddened to hear about Herman’s passing. He had returned home to Gladstone to enjoy his retirement and he enjoyed his beautiful location on Little Bay de Noc. I enjoyed visiting with him at our 50th class reunion a few years ago. He was a kind and gentle person with a good sense of humor. Peace be with you, Herman, until we all meet again!

    I also worked with Herman at FM Global for many years. My memories mostly involve outside of work things like partying during snow days, camping in Olympia NP, hanging at his homes on Lake Winnebago and Bay de Noc, and numerous rounds of golf together. Herman struck me as a gentle sole with a wry sense of humor. I’m glad I knew him and am sad to hear of his passing. Rest in peace my friend.

    RIP Herman, although I didn’t really know you well, being a classmate of the 1967 class., I bid you farewell.

    Herman and I were boyhood buddies in Gladstone. We got into all kinds of mischief as young lads. Whenever I wanted some peace and quiet from the O’ Leary clan you could find me at his house enjoying his moms cookies or snatching a fresh carrot out of his dad’s incredible garden. He was a great friend and my condolences go out to his family.

    I first met Herman when he became a neighbor to my parents when he lived on Lake Winnebago. He quickly became part of the family. My husband and he became good friends and had many adventures one of the most memorable was remodeling Herman’s boat by gutting the whole inside. We kept in touch once he retired and moved to Michigan. He was in my thoughts and everyone always asked if I knew how he was doing. He will be missed but I am glad his suffering is over. To his family – my sympathy goes to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. The world has lost a kind, gentle soul with a sense of humor. Herman made a difference in so many lives.

    Herman was a good friend and will be greatly missed. When he lived on Lake Winnebago, we had many boating excursions and other adventures. I will miss our talks since he moved to Michigan. He will be greatly missed but I am glad that he is no longer in pain and his suffering is over.

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