— Eugene Guy Kinder was received by his Lord on March 30, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at the Eubanks Cedar Creek Funeral Home on Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m. in Mabank, Texas. A masonic gravesite service will be held afterwards at The Payne Springs Cemetery in Payne Springs, Texas. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.
Gene, as his family and friends called him, was born May 23, 1928 in Mantey, Kan. to Guy and Florence Kinder.
He was proceed in death by his parents; a brother, Dale Kinder; and a grandson, Vance McMillan. Living family members include his wife, Maxine Kinder; and four children: his daughter, Lois McMillan and her husband Steve of Nevada, Mo.; his son, Michael Kinder and his wife Connie of Anadarko, Okla.; his daughter. Karen McKinney and her husband Richard of Elkhart; and his son, Jim Kinder and his wife Jennifer of Coppell, Texas; three brothers, Jess Kinder of Organ, Larry Kinder of Kansas and Steve Kinder of Kansas; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Gene worked hard and played hard. He instilled in his children the value of hard work and value of family time. Gene worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years, the last 22 years in Texas and retired in 1987. After Maxine retired in 1990 they moved to Cedar Creek Lake where together they enjoyed fishing and entertaining friends and family at their lake house. Gene was not one to sit still. He and Maxine enjoyed traveling and even started Kinder Tours as a way to include friends in their adventures. Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends and was known to travel from Alaska to the tip of Mexico doing what he loved.
He dedicated his life to Christ as a young man and taught his family how to live a Godly life. He lived out his faith in many charitable events. Gene was a member of the Palestine Masonic Lodge No. 31 and Gun Barrel City Masonic Lodge No. 1431, where he was a past master at both lodges. He was a member of the Chapter and Council, Taylor Commandery No. 85 in Gun Barrel City, Order of the Eastern Star No. 1114 and a Shriner at Sharon Temple in Tyler. He received the Golden Trowel Awards while living in Palestine. He served many helping with Habitat Humanity in the Cedar Creek Area.
Donations will be received by Masonic Lodge No. 1431 for local student scholarships.