Military veteran

Kenneth Gerald Hinderliter, 64, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

He was born Dec. 15, 1947, in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Kenneth and Louella Peirce Hinderliter.

He grew up in the Amherst area of N.Y., and graduated from high school there. He served in Vietnam with the Air Force and was awarded a Commendation medal for his work as a fighter jet mechanic. He was later hired by Koike Aronson in Arcade and advanced him to the position of senior sales engineer. The job took him from New York to California, Texas and finally Missouri.

He worked with the Durham Co. in Houston and advanced to crew foreman before retiring at age 62. Upon retirement, he enjoyed working on cars, remodeling and customizing his home, caring for his many pets and spending time with his wife, Ellen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen of Elk Creek; four sons Ryan of Calif., Jason of Va., and Frank and Matt of Iowa; a brother, Donald Hinderliter of Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Visitation is noon until service time. Inurnment in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County. Online condolences may be sent to

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