Donald Wilson Kindt, 82, of Winfield passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Burial will follow at Highland cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 4 from 12-8 PM at the funeral home, the family will greet friends from 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.
Donald Wilson Kindt was born on December 2, 1936 in Blackwell, Oklahoma. To proud parents Edgar L. and Hazel (Heaton) Kindt. The family later moved to the Winfield area and Don was a member of 4-H and boy scouts, he graduated from Winfield High School in 1954. Don enlisted in the Air Force in 1957 and was united in marriage to Janet Jordan on June 15, 1958 in Winfield; the new couple made their first home in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1958 where Don was stationed. Don served in the Air Force for 4 years and 9 months. In 1962 the young family moved to Wichita where he began his career of working for Boeing, Don worked in the tooling department of Boeing where he designed and made tools and jigs to aid in the assemblage of the Boeing 707 and 727, as well as military projects for Boeing. In 1964 the Kindt family moved to Winfield and from 1965-1970 the family lived in Washington while Don worked at Boeing. In 1970 the family moved back to Kansas, in 1972 the Kindts bought College Hill Laundromat and Dry Cleaner. When Don retired in 1995, he had worked for Boeing for 33 years. Don had many hobbies, he enjoyed remote-controlled airplanes, he was a gifted woodworker and made clocks, he liked gardening and was proud of his tomato plants and roses that grew in abundance, Don enjoyed traveling and loved being outdoors, camping and fishing. One of Don’s favorite activities was boating on Winfield City Lake. Don was always quick to help anyone in need, he loved the Lord and passed along his Christian heritage to his children. Don was the definition of integrity. He was honest, trustworthy, always did the right thing and kept his word. Don and Jan were happily married for over 60 years.
We will try to honor Dad by living up to the example he set, every day of our lives. Parting words of Dad were, “I love you, bye-dee-bye, and tally-ho!”
Don is survived by his wife Jan, his son Keith Kindt and wife Shirley, daughter Cheri Kindt-Gonzales and husband Gary, and son Jim Kindt; grandchildren: Joel Kindt and fiancé Kassi, Ryan Kindt, Jenna Kindt, Aimee Hain and husband Mark, Kevin Rowe, Jessica Hook and husband Tyler; step-grandchildren: Dale Ballintine, Amanda Fox and husband Abe; and great-grandchildren: Caleb, Katelynn, Landon and McKenzie; brothers Alan Kindt and wife Trish of N. Dakota, John Kindt and wife Linda of Winfield, David Kindt and wife Sharon of Nebraska. He was blessed by five wonderful, additional Gonzales grandchildren and their families. Don is preceded in death by his parents.
Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice