William's Story

GREENVILLE - William Carl Kinner passed away peacefully in Greenville, Maine, on March 4, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lewiston on August 2, 1925, to William and Gertrude Kinner of Poland, Maine. He served in Panama in the U.S. Army during WWII as a Morse Code operator. Upon returning to Maine he married and started a family. In the early 1950's he moved to McLean, Virginia. and began a 26-year career with the U.S. Government, spending the majority of those years abroad. Bill attributed the success of his career to the support of his wife, Kaye. From his military service, to his government career, and throughout his entire life, Bill was a patriotic man.

Bill retired in 1979, and shortly after bought a camp on Moosehead Lake. where he and Kaye enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. There he began a second career as a real estate agent and took pride in sharing the Great North Woods with clients. His family and friends have gathered together at camp for over 30 years. His love for and knowledge of the outdoors, and his dinnertime stories about his world travels, will be remembered by all who have spent time with him.

Bill leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Kathleen Trenholm Kinner, who will forever call him her "Sweet William"; his daughters, Anita Carlson and husband, Robert, of Rutland, Mass., Kathie Pandolfo and husband, Sal, of Natick, Mass., Carol White of Bethel, Maine; son-in-law, Joe Sherman of Sao Paulo, Brazil; nine  grandchildren, Michael Pandolfo and wife, Katie, Matthew Carlson and wife, Alison, Carla Uzzell and husband, Mark, Angela Sherman and husband, Gabe, Sarah Davidson and husband, Phillip, Melissa Sherman, Emily White, Megan White and Cassidy White; and eight great-grandchildren, Jessica and Alison Uzzell, Lily and Alexis Davidson, Luciana and Lucas Pandolfo, and Anya and Isaac Carlson; sisters, Barbara Clune and Joan Kinner of Poland; sister-in-law, Pinkie Bartley and husband, Tony, of Greenville; brother-in-law, Dick Trenholm of Camden; several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Wally Kinner; and his daughter, Marilyn Sherman.

Services will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville. To send condolences visit www.crosbyneal.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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