George B. Kinkel, longtime Hayden resident, died July 29, 2009, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs after a lengthy illness. He was 49.
George was born Aug. 16, 1959, in Denver, the son of Benton N. and Mary L. Abrams. He was raised and attended school in Arvada, where he graduated from Arvada West High School. After high school, George attended Fort Lewis College in Durango for a year. He then served a five-year apprenticeship in Grand Junction to obtain his journeyman pipefitter-welder certification.
George lived in various places following his work, including Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. George and his family moved to northwestern Colorado in 1977, and George worked on the Craig Power Plant construction. He also very much enjoyed his time working in Springerville, Ariz.
George enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and was an accomplished photographer. He always enjoyed being in the desert and high country.
George was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 145.
He is survived by his parents, Mary and Benton Kinkel, of Hayden; his aunts Katherine Young, Marjorie Kerr and Dorothy Gerrell, all of Arvada, and many cousins.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held Aug. 8 at the Hayden Congregational Church with Gay Albers officiating. Julie Sutton was the pianist and accompanied Betty Barnes, who sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond the Sunset." Honorary pallbearers were "All George's Family and His Many Friends."
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary, or The Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 104, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.