May 24, 2009
ATLANTA -- Robert
Lowell Kindred, 84, of Atlanta, went to be with his Lord at 5:25 p.m.
Saturday (May 23, 2009) at the Hopedale Medical Complex in Hopedale. His
funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Atlanta Christian Church,
with Mr. Maurice Stribling and Mr. Doug Lowery officiating.
Burial will be
in the Atlanta Cemetery, with military rites accorded. Visitation will
be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Atlanta Christian Church, and
one hour before the service Wednesday.
Kindred and family migrated from Kentucky to Illinois in the fall of 1881,
driving through in a covered wagon with a blind team and chain harness.
It took 21 days to make the trip, settling in the Moores Mill area.
Robert was born March 15, 1925, at the Deaconess Hospital, Lincoln, to
William Fountain and Anna Electa Kindred. He was the seventh child of
eight children, and the fourth son. With his parents living in the Ebenezer
community, he attended New Kentucky Grade School until his parents moved
to the Dunham property west of Atlanta, where he then attended the Atlanta
Grade School and the Atlanta High School, graduating in 1943.
Robert was very much into all sports during high school, but baseball
was his real love and as a left-handed pitcher he developed a good curve
ball. After high school, he played ball with the Bloomington Municipal
League, sometimes having to hitchhike to get there, and also played for
Atlanta in the Tri-Valley League which caused him to pitch against his
own brother, Wayne, who was pitching for Armington.
In 1948, Robert received an invitation to try out for the Chicago Cubs
but Uncle Sam had also sent an invitation for him to report
for duty for his Country. While stationed in Texas, he enjoyed pitching
on the Camp team.
Upon his discharge, he returned home and became manager of the Blue Seal
Service Station on the corner of Arch and Vine streets in Atlanta. With
Roberts sense of humor, the station became a favorite place for
many to share stories and a lot of laughs.
Robert was home about six weeks when he received an invitation from a
minor league in Texas to join them for spring training. The invitation
came through a scout seeing him pitch on the Army team. It didnt
take long for Robert to hire someone to manage the station, pack his bags,
and head to Texas to hear the call play ball. He signed with
the Colts and later with the Longhorns, where he played until he injured
his arm, thus putting an end to his career. Today, they would be able
to correct this type of injury.
Robert returned to manage the Service Station. In 1957, he sold the station,
went to work for Prudential Insurance Co. for 18 years, then worked for
SchmidtMarcotte Implement Co. until his retirement in 1990.
Helen Vogt Feb. 18, 1951. She passed away on Jan. 17, 1996. He then married
Mary E. Ogg on Oct. 12, 2002. She survives.
He is also survived
by two daughters, Linda (Gary) Allen of Indianapolis, and Janet (Paul)
Wisniewski of Ottawa; one stepdaughter, Rosemary (Doug) Lowery of Decatur;
five grandsons, Jeremy (Emily) Allen of Indianapolis, Michael Allen of
Bailey, Colo., Joel Allen of Indianapolis, and Timothy and Andrew Wisniewski
of Ottawa; one stepgrandson, Robert Lowery of Chatam; two stepgranddaughters,
Becky (Phil) Heppner of Fayetteville, Ark., and Debby (Scott) Inman of
Mt. Pulaski; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren, Allison, Anna, Reagan and
Maggie Heppner; Max, Jude, Brooke and Page Lowery; and Madison and Reece
He was preceded
in death by his parents, wife, four brothers and three sisters.
Robert was a member
of the Atlanta Christian Church. He loved his Lord, his family and friends,
his Country and his hometown, Atlanta. He left a prayer that all his family
and friends would meet him in heaven.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Christian Church, the Atlanta United
Methodist Church, The Atlanta Assembly God, the Hopedale Nursing Home,
the Atlanta Betterment Fund or the A-Team.
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.