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Roger L. Kinney, 77

DALTON — On October 7, 2023, Roger L. Kinney passed away peacefully at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital in Canton, after years of quietly battling declining health. His loving wife, Audrey, was by his side as he went home.
Born August 22, 1946, in Pikeville, KY, to Corba and Lacy Kinney, Roger had many nostalgic stories of his early childhood days spent in the country hills, hauling water and firewood to the rural schoolhouse and nights with family spent sitting around the old radio.
While still a boy, his family moved to Akron, Ohio, where in 1964, he graduated from Akron Central High School. After graduation, Roger enlisted and served his country in the United States Air Force.
He was a hard worker and, following his honorable discharge, had several jobs throughout the years before ultimately finding his niche in the car sales industry. After his recent retirement, he took on a small local position and many in town will fondly remember his friendly morning waves as the Dalton Elementary School crossing guard.
Roger always enjoyed an evening out and also loved playing games and sitting around a fire listening to music. He was born to be a “Pap Pap” and was genuinely happy to be involved with anything that had to do with his grandkids: Josslyn, Felix, Lolita & Arlowe Reynolds, Holden, Bridger & Graham Himes, and Bryce Burns.  No one in this world was as adored by Rog more than his wife of 19 years, Audrey, and he especially loved taking her on vacations and spinning her around the dance floor.
In addition to his wife, Roger is also survived by step children, Ashley (Jared) Himes of Dalton, Megan (Corey) Reynolds of Dalton, and Tyler Burns of Massillon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Harold Kinney; and sisters Jeanetta Gail Hare and Connie Neverkovec.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on October 27, 2023, at Salem Mennonite Church Cemetery, 3363 Zuercher Road, Dalton, with Pastor Timothy Hull officiating.
Friends and family are welcome to visit at the church fellowship hall for the hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dalton Local Schools (memo All Sports Boosters), 177 N. Mill Street, Dalton, OH 44618.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at


  1. Adrain Depetro on October 10, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    He was the best man around he thought of me when I was at my Momal house when I went to school and came home from school he always had something for me I loved him and I missed him when he wasn’t there …… I hope he is resting pain free with his friends and family and my two grandmas I will miss him lots

  2. Adrain DePetro on October 10, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    I am sorry for your your loss and I will miss him he was so nice to me when I walked to school and home from school he was always there for me we talked about so many things he brought me things and I did him also I missed him when he wasn’t there at my grandmas house watching me walk home …….. I hope he is in his resting place with his family and friends and with my two grandmas I will miss you 😢

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