IMPERIAL?-- Harry Kinner Jr., 75, died Monday (Oct. 8, 2007), at his rural home.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1932, in Holdredge, to Matilda Mary Malcolm Kinner and Harry E. Kinner Sr. They moved to a farmstead east of Imperial in 1934, and lived there until 1936, when they moved to the farm north of Imperial. He attended Lonestar Grade School and graduated from Chase County High School in 1950.
He was self-employed, doing ranch work and training horses until he enlisted in the army in 1953. He served in the 4th Field Artillery and served in the Mule Pack as a Master Farrier and later spent a year in Germany working with the scout dogs.
He returned to the U.S. in January 1956, and resumed his horse training. He trained horses for Stewart Hazard of Topeka, Kan., the largest breeder of Morgan horses in the U.S. at that time. He later sold one of his own Morgan horses to Gov. Trujillo of the Domican Republic to improve his Morgan horses.
He worked a season at Camp Charlevouix in Charlevouix, Mich., teaching horsemanship to the young men who attended camp. He then worked for Sanford Land and Cattle Company near Medicine Bow, Wyo. Later he went to work for Rawah Guest Ranch at Glendevey, Colo., as head wrangler and ran the pack string for the ranch,
He spent his life training horses, raising quality Appaloosa horses, Australian Shepherd dogs, conducting clinics, shoeing horses and ranching until his retirement.
He married Suzanne Parsons from Naperville, Ill., on Dec. 13, 1958, in Denver, Colo. They moved to the Kinner farm in 1996, and lived there until his death..
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kinner and father, Harry Kinner and infant daughter, Deborah Lynn.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne, of Imperial; son, Stoney Kinner and wife, Stephanie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, MaryAnn Kinner, of Ocala, Fla.; sister, Karen Robertson and husband, LaVerne of North Platte; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and numerous relatives.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., (MT) at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial with the Rev. Todd Burpo officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-6 p.m. at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.