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Esther Kinning

Esther Kinning obituary photoEsther Kinning, age 98, of Huron, died Monday evening, December 31, 2012, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  Her memorial service was at 2 PM on Friday, January 4, 2013, at the Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Marion Cain officiating.   Burial was at 1 PM on Saturday, January 5th, in the Eagle Butte Cemetery in Eagle Butte, with Pastor Pauline Webb, officiating. 

Esther Leona (Bauder) Kinning was born May 10, 1914, on the family farm north of Alpena, South Dakota.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Karolina (Lehr) Bauder.  She attended Beadle County Schools through the eighth Grade.  She attended Stewart's School of Hair Styling in Sioux Falls, and then bought her own shop in Huron, Esther's Beauty Shop, above Humphrey's Drug Store.

On July 11, 1945, Esther married Robert “Buzz” Kinning, and they moved to Eagle Butte.  They owned the John Deere store and the Standard Station in Eagle Butte.  Esther opened the first beauty shop in Eagle Butte.  She also worked in a drug store for several years.

After her husband died, she moved to Huron in 1991.  She was an active member of the United Congregational Church.  Esther also belonged to the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries of Huron, BCNU Extension Club, Circle II, Priscilla Fellowship, Happiness Fair County Club, Master Gardner, GFWC Fortnightly, Midday Connection, Christian Women as a caller and volunteer, and Meals on Wheels.  She made quilts, and gave some to her church and the Huron Senior Center for fundraisers.

She volunteered twelve years at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  Come rain or shine, blizzards and storms, she was there at 6 am working until she was 93 year old.

She loved to read her devotionals and Bible, and did so until the day she went on Home to be with Jesus.  In her Bible she wrote, "This is not my home, I am merely passing through."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Buzz” Kinning; one brother, Herman Bauder; one sister, Edna Harrelson; three sisters-in-law, Elaine Bauder, Marjorie (Ben) Ganje and Harriet Glassmaker; and three nephews, David Ganje, Armon Bender and Stewart Bender.

Grateful for having shared her life is their son, Richard Robert “Dick” (Felicia) Kinning of Lafayette, Louisiana and also two grandchildren, Stephanie (Nick) Myers and Robert Kinning, all of Lafayette;  four great grandchildren,  Juliette, Ethan, Annabell and Paige Myers; one brother, Arnold Bauder of Huron; a sister-in law, Jeanne Bauder of Huron; nephews and nieces, Jerry (Arlene) Bauder,  Randy (Kay) Bauder, Marlene Black,  Jon (Sheila) Ganje,  Lucy Ann Ganje and Francis Ganje; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

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