Longtime Hudsonite Dick Kinney dies
Longtime Hudson resident Richard James “Dick” Kinney, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. He had been battling colon cancer.
Kinney grew up on the family farm east of Hudson on Badlands Road and raised his own family just down the road. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1949 and received his agricultural studies degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1958. He was an active duty United States Marine Corporal from Jan. 22, 1952, until Jan. 21, 1954, and served in the Korean Conflict. He continued in the Marine Reserves until 1960.
Kinney married Leona Ecker at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson on April 11, 1959. He spent the early years of his marriage living in Baraboo and Portage, working as a 4-H County Extension Agent. He moved back to Hudson in 1965 and became the manager of the Tri-County Savings & Loan, which later became a branch of First Federal Savings & Loan of La Crosse.
Later in his life, he worked as a real estate agent and a bailiff for St. Croix County. Kinney retired from his bailiff position after 25 years.
Kinney was born Dec. 8, 1931, in St. Paul, to Robert and Aimee Kinney. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Leona (Ecker); daughters, Roseanne (Tom) Ebert, Colleen (Roland) Bulman, Karen (Mike) Humphrey, Jeanne (Dan) Kaczynski, Carolyn (Randy) Hargus, Barb Kinney and daughter-in-law, Lori Picha (Kinney); He was preceded in death by his son John.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. For more information see Kinney’s obituary in the Feb. 13 Hudson Star-Observer.