John Willard Kinnikin
August 22, 1930 – April 6, 2017
John Willard Kinnikin, age 86, of York, PA and formerly of Delaware, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Mr. Kinnikin was born in Laurel, DE on August 22, 1930, and was the son of the late Oscar E. Kinnikin and Elsie (White) Kinnikin Collins. After graduating from Laurel High School, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware where he was a member of the lacrosse team and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He earned his graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and also worked on his doctoral degree there. A proud veteran, Mr. Kinnikin served his country as a member of the Army in Germany during the Korean War.
He made his career as an educator serving first as a teacher and then as an Assistant Principal of Milford High School. He was also the last Principal of Rehoboth High School. He later accepted a position as an Administrative Assistant at York High School in York, PA, where he worked until his retirement. He was also a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Active in his community, Mr. Kinnikin was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of York, the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, served on the board of the Bell Socialization Services, and was a long time member of the White Rose Bridge Club. In his leisure time, Mr. Kinnikin enjoyed bridge, reading, genealogy research, and traveling. He was an exceptional handyman and loved the challenge of home improvement projects. Above all else, Mr. Kinnikin was an adoring husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Margery M. (Murray) Kinnikin; daughter, Ann Kinnikin Parsons (HD) of Lewes, DE; sisters, Thelma Kinnikin Boston of Pocomoke City, MD and Ruth Kinnikin Moore of Laurel, DE; many nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren; and his own grandchildren, Brinleigh, Mackie, Parron and Keara Parsons.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon, April 12, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow in Head of Christiana Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Newark, DE.