Jerry Warren “Smiley” Kinkead, 75, Sheridan, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 1, 2019 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.
Born March 28, 1944 in Sheridan, Ind., he was the son of the late Ray and Annabelle (Snyder) Kinkead.
Mr. Kinkead was a self-taught man, always tinkering with things from the time he was old enough to hold a wrench.
Taking things apart, putting them back together and trying to figure out what made them do, well . . . what they do was all part of what made him good at what he did. During his younger years he left school early to help work with his family on the farm. When he was old enough, he hired on at the tomato canning factory and later went to work for a lawn mower assembly plant. In the ‘60s he purchased a house with enough room behind it for a shop to do his tinkering. The house would become the home where he would raise his family and the space out back would become Kinkead’s Garage. A little bit of everything happened in that shop - bodywork, restoration and a whole lot of solving the problems of the town, county, state and the country.
Working on cars and tractors wasn’t the only thing he was good at. Hanging out in the garage with his friends and family, swapping stories was also part of his daily routine. A lot of fabricating was done in that garage, and very little of it had to do with anything automotive.
He loved his family. Beverly and Smiley were married Nov. 19, 1965. One of his favorite traditions during holiday gatherings was going hunting with his brothers. He loved family cookouts and the card games that usually accompanied them. He followed Indy Car racing and pro wrestling; Dick the Bruiser and the Dudley Brothers were his wrestling favorites. When it was time to relax a little, he and Bev would watch his favorite TV programs, usually old Westerns like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Lone Ranger.
He was a 50-year member of the K.V. Elliott post 67 Sons of the American Legion in Sheridan.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Irene “Bev” (Mulder) Kinkead of Sheridan; two sons, Johnny Ray Kinkead and Terry Warren (Lisa) Kinkead, both of Sheridan; six grandchildren, Dawn Marie Kinkead, Anthony Ryan Isaacs, Melisa Denise Isaacs, Jacob Warren Kinkead, Jasmine Danielle Kinkead-Diaz and Timmy Wayne Kinkead; four great grandchildren, Chandler Ray Harris, Landon Kinkead, Dimitri Woods and Jahseh Christopher Woods; three brothers, Larry Kinkead of Sheridan, Rex (Roberta) Kinkead of Florida and Randy (Marilyn) Kinkead of Sheridan; and one sister, Marlene (Ronald) Burroughs of Sheridan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Anna Marie Kinkead; two brothers, Kevin R. and Charlie Kinkead; his sister, Marcia Ann Kinkead-Melvin-Duncan; and sister-in-law, A. Jannett Kinkead.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Friends and family may pay their respects two hours prior to the time of service. Burial will follow at Wright-Bethel Cemetery in Waugh, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, or to Kercheval Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Sheridan, Indiana 46069, to help the family defray funeral expenses.