Paul Dee Kindred, 93 of Taylorville, passed away on December 2, 2014 at 8:08 a.m. at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on June 16, 1921 at home in Taylorville, IL to Linburn L. and Edith Muriel (Deweese) Kindred. He married Helen Louis Head on October 5, 1946 in Taylorville, IL and she later preceded him on March 23, 2013. To Celebrate their 25th wedding Anniversary they went to Paris, France. At the time of her death they had been married 67 years.
He belonged to the Taylorville High School Tumbling Team (1940) that won several competitions under the direction of Coach Dolph Stanley. He was an avid gymnast during his early years. In May of 1941 he enlisted in the United Stated Marine Corps. He served in World War II in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1945 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He retired from Caterpillar in Decatur, IL where he was a pipefitter and was a member of the Pipefitters Union. He also owned Kindred Plumbing and Heating for many years until he retired. He was a charter member of the VFW Post 4495 and a member and past commander of the American Legion Post 73. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge. He served as A Grand Marshall of the Taylorville Veterans Day Parade and for His 90th birthday he was accompanied by his son, Frank, on a Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. where he was able to visit all of the memorials.
He is survived by 5 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, 1 sister, 2 brothers and several nieces and nephews. His first great-great grandchild is on its way. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen, a son who died at birth, and 5 siblings.
He enjoyed building different items and making repairs for all of his children, family or whoever needed the repairs.
Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Tiney Walker officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with military graveside honors. Luncheon will directly follow at the American Legion post 73 in Taylorville.
Memorials may be made to the Frank Kindred cancer Fund C/O First National Bank in Taylorville 322 W Main Cross St, Taylorville, IL 62568 or VFW Post 4495 515 N. West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568 or American Legion Post 73 110 W Franklin St, Taylorville, IL 62568.