Marlin Glen Kinney, 83, of Greenfield, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 25, 2022, after a brief illness with leukemia. The family is holding a visitation on Saturday, October 1, from 4-6 PM at the Greenfield Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to EveryStep Hospice in Winterset (everystep.org/donate). Online condolences may be shared at johnsonfuneralhome.com.
Marlin was born in Canby, Iowa, to Glen and Marie Kinney on February 23, 1939. He worked on the farm with his grandfather, dad, and brothers and was a farmhand throughout high school for the neighbors. He was drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. He guarded the Berlin Wall in Germany, then ended his tour of duty at Fort Lewis in Washington state. He married Sherry Antisdel of Bridgewater in 1961 and the two purchased land south of Casey, where they farmed together for 50 years. Later, Marlin worked at Cardinal Glass for ten years in Greenfield and made many cherished friendships at the factory.
Family and friends were important to Marlin. He and Sherry had two children, Terri, and Scott, and he was very active with their school and church activities. He served as a 4-H leader for the Prussia Pushers and helped get many a project to the Adair County Fair. In the summer, weekends were spent at Lake Anita and Mormon Trail at picnics or camping trips with family members and neighbors. He also played league softball on a number of teams in Adair. In the winter, Marlin and Sherry’s farm was the gathering spot for sledding parties, haunted houses, wiener roasts, card games, and soup suppers. He truly loved being social, helping others, and telling stories of his latest camping, fishing, or hunting adventures.
Marlin was active at the Canby Friends Church and the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends. He served with the Adair County Reserves for more than a decade and, for a time, was an interim police officer for the City of Adair. Whether a bow and arrow, gun, or slingshot, Marlin was an excellent marksman and received awards for his sharpshooting skills. He enjoyed deer hunting and spent hours catching bluegill and catfish at his pond on the farm. Whether casting from the bank or ice fishing in his hut – nothing made him happier than spending time at his pond with his grandchildren.
Marlin cherished his family’s 120-year farming tradition in Adair County. He restored his grandfather’s first tractor – a 1941 H Farmall and his own 1967 International 706. He was proud of his projects and loved riding in local parades. He joined antique tractor rides and drove his Farmall all across Iowa.
Marlin and Sherry moved to Greenfield in 2017. He enjoyed being in town and having coffee on the Greenfield Square. He was a sweet, kind, and compassionate man. He loved playing practical jokes and didn’t know a stranger. His blue eyes and recognizable laugh will be missed by many.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Marie, and his two brothers, Keith, and Gene.
His brother Ronald and sister-in-law Delores in Stuart and sister-in-law, Connie Swanson of Creston and her family were very special throughout his life. His memory will continue through the lives of his wife Sherry of Greenfield, daughter, Terri of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas and her husband, Richard, and their six children, Tyler, Jordan, Morganne, Crista, Becca, and Hannah, and son, Scott of Seattle.