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John (Jack) Francis Kinney

John (Jack) Francis Kinney, 91, of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Holy Spirit Retirement Home.

Jack was born Nov. 6, 1921 in Omaha, Neb. to John Francis and Josephine (Kelley) Kinney. He received his education in Omaha at Cathedral Elementary school, Creighton Prep and Creighton University, where he earned his law degree in 1950.

He served in WWII as a Fighter Pilot/Captain in the 325th Fighter Group, Checkertail Clan USAF from 1943-1946. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross; five Air Medals, and three Battle Stars.

He was a member of the Nebraska/Iowa Bar Associations. He served as General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Iowa Public Service Co. in Sioux City.

Jack was a stalwart Notre Dame and Creighton BlueJays fan.

He married the love of his life, Virginia Ann Roach, on June 9, 1945.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 67 years and 10 children, Michael (Rondi) Kinney; Sue (John) Kinney-Wieland; Mary (Robby) Clouse; John; Jeanne (Ned) Buser; Molly (Roger) Campbell; Matt (LeAnn) Kinney; Teresa (Jim Miller) Kinney; Steve (Barb) Kinney; Eileen (Tom McGrath) Kinney and sister, Alice Marie (Daniel) Kinney-Grady, 28 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his dearest aunt, Catherine Kelley; and his grandson, Christopher Wieland.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Merlin Schrad officiating.

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 with family present from 6-8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Burial with Military Rites will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

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