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Gene A. Kinsey

May 24, 1925 — April 23, 2023

Gene A. Kinsey

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Gene Avery Kinsey, 97, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Visitation is scheduled for 1:00 PM, Thursday, April 27, 2023 with the Funeral service following immediately thereafter at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Denton -Wood Funeral Home. Interment will be at Carlsbad Cemetery.


Gene was born in Milburn, Oklahoma to Lee H. Kinsey and Dora (Rowland) Kinsey on May 24, 1925, the seventh of two girls and six boys. During WWII, Gene dropped out of high school his junior year to join the U.S. Navy on August 23, 1944, and served aboard the USS Polana (AKA-35) until his discharge at the end of the war. Upon returning home to Oklahoma and unable to find work, he and one of his brothers were on their way to California when they found a job in Carlsbad, New Mexico working with a construction crew for El Paso Natural Gas Company on a pipeline project. Upon completion of the pipeline construction project, he got a job at one of the potash mines and worked as a potash miner until 1962 when he and fellow potash miner, Bill McCoullough, formed a used car business which they named “M&K Auto Sales”. After a few years Bill moved back to his home state of Louisiana but Gene kept the name “M&K Auto Sales” and successfully operated the business for 35 years, until his retirement in 1995. He was a Life Member of the Elk’s Lodge and the VFW. Gene married his high school sweetheart, Aline A. Miller, on August 2, 1946, in Carlsbad, New Mexico and they had two children, Dennis G. Kinsey and Sheryl A. Kinsey. They remained married for 63 years, until Aline’s passing on August 22, 2009.


Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers, wife Aline Kinsey and daughter Sheryl (Kinsey) Golden. Also, special friend, Valleree Cherry and numerous other good friends whom he cherished.


Gene is survived by his son, Dennis G. Kinsey and wife June of Artesia, NM; grandson, Jonathan C. Kinsey and wife Emily and great-granddaughter, Lexi Kinsey of Jensen Beach, FL; grandson, Sean J. Vickers and wife Vicki Jo Vickers of St. David, AZ; great-granddaughters, Meagan Hill and fiancé Danny Ray Smith and Samantha Jo Cogdell and husband Joshua Cogdell; great-great-grandchildren, Kaiden Williams, Kailee Williams, Mckinzie McWilliams, Julianna Snyder, Aurora Cogdell and Aspen Cogdell, of Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


The family wishes to thank the Lakeview Christian Home administration, staff and nurses for their kind and loving care of Gene during his time there. Also, thanks to the caring doctors, nurses and staff at Carlsbad Medical Center and his friends who gave him their love and encouragement. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Lakeview Christian Home, 1905 W. Pierce Street, Carlsbad, NM  88220.


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