David "Dave" Earl Kinson

Born: Sat., Oct. 31, 1925
Died: Mon., May 4, 2015


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jun. 06, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 06, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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David E. Kinson Oct. 31, 1925 - May 4, 2015


EDWARDSBURG - David "Dave" Earl Kinson, 89, of Edwardsburg, MI, died at 10:55 pm Monday, May 4th, at home surrounded by his loving family. David was born October 31, 1925, in Chicago, IL, to the late Lorna (Bean) Inez and Earl Francis Kinson, and had lived in the Michiana area since 1950. On June 25, 1977, in South Bend, he married Leola "Lee" Schutt, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Frances (Kinson) Scholl (Hans Scholl) of Lancaster, PA, Kathryn Ann Kinson (Richard Doughty) of Houston, TX, and Sherry (Schutt) Holleman (Bill Holleman) of Peoria, AZ; two sons, David R. Kinson of Minneapolis, MN, and James A. Schutt (Margo Fry-Schutt) of Attica, IN; nine grandchildren: Amber Grundy, Heather Holleman, Nicole Holleman, Eric Scholl, Clayton Kinson, Neil Doughty, Charlotte Doughty, Emily Fry-Schutt and Charley Fry-Schutt; three great-grandchildren, Avery Grundy, Elyse Grundy and Lincoln Willms; and his sister, Priscilla R. Schlobohm of Shaumburg, IL. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Blake and Henri R. Kinson, and the mother of three of his children, Carolyn M. (Vissering) Kinson. Dave was a salesman working in the printing industry for Moser Paper Company and LaSalle Messenger Paper Company. He was a member of many groups including: the Printing Craftsman Club, 100 Dancing Club, and the Eagle Lake Improvement Association. He had been a Mason since 1959, a member of Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Orak Shrine Temple, and a volunteer for the Elkhart General Hospital Auxiliary. We have fond memories watching Dave participate in the parades on his Shrine scooter. Dave and Lee attended the First United Methodist Church of South Bend. He was a supporter of Fernwood Botanical Garden, the Nature Preserve, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Arts of Elkhart County. He was a volunteer for the Elkhart Juvenile Probation Department and BINGO caller extraordinaire at Golden Living Center (formerly Rosewood Terrace). Dave's life journey brought laughter and wit into all of our lives. The nooks and crannies of his story were filled with the joy of life. For Dave, love was defined as action. Starting up conversations with friends or strangers was easy; everyone has a story to tell, he'd say. Volunteering at the hospital as "Fido" to cheer up children and their families was important work for him. Calling out BINGO in his deep baritone voice was a moment of pure enjoyment for residents of the nursing home where he volunteered for over a decade. Volunteering for the court system to encourage young people to make better life choices was one of his true passions. One of his grandchildren expressed that the reality of his passing is oddly foreign because his teachings live on through all of us who are left behind. He was a light in the dark, and he was young at heart until the very end. Dave had a personality that was bigger than life, he was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he will be dearly missed by family and friends. Memorial services celebrating Dave's life will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 6th, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend. The family will receive friends in the funeral home June 6th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Cremation will take place at the Welsheimer Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children , 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707, or to a charity of your choice . Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in David's memory to the following organizations:

Donors choice.

Shriners Hospitals for Children,
2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60707

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Irene Cook
   Posted Mon May 11, 2015
Lee I am so sorry to read about Dave's passing. Will miss his smile.

Steve Sabo & Caroline Moore
   Posted Tue May 12, 2015
Lee, we are so sorry to hear about Dave. We never thought that he would leave us. He was bigger then life. Love you. If you need us just call. We will see you in June.

Jackie Treadway, Elkhart General Hospital
   Posted Thu May 14, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bufford and Becky Skipper (WWBC and EGH)
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
We were sorry to hear of Dave's passing.
But we'll remember that SMILE!

Bob Bryant
   Posted Wed June 03, 2015
Having met the Kinson family in 1965 in Niles, I regretted learning of David's passing. His son, David, was in my 6th grade class at Westside School. RIP

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