Ronald Howard Kinley

March 18, 1934February 18, 2014

Jesus Christ, who began a good work in the heart and life of Ron Kinley, has faithfully completed that work and called him home to his side. Ron left to see his heart’s desire, his Lord and Savior, on February 18, 2014, just one month shy of his 80th birthday.

Ron was born in Sumas, WA on March 18, 1934, the only child of Howard and Hilda Kinley. Howard died eight days before Ron was born, so Ron is just meeting his Dad for the first time. Ron came to know the Lord at The Firs, a Christian conference/retreat center and camp in Bellingham, WA. He graduated from Nooksack Valley High School where he played football, was ASB president, and played trombone in the marching band.

Ron graduated from Whitworth College in 1956. He was an offensive lineman for the 1953-1955 Whitworth football teams, which won three straight Evergreen Conference Championships, a first in Pirate football history, and were inducted into Whitworth Athletics’ Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame. He majored in Business and held several campus leadership positions: Junior Class President, Dorm President, Dorm Proctor, and Young Life Leader. He was also in the Naval Reserve.

He met his wife Kay there, and they were married in 1955. After graduating from Whitworth, they soon started a family and had three children born in just two years (daughter Sally, followed by twins Tim and Sue).

In 1957, Ron started his career with Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company and continued there for 26 years. He was Man of the Year in 1970 and 1981. Then, he started Cornerstone Financial Corporation where he continued to care for clients until his passing. At the age of 41, Ron learned he would become a father again. His fourth child, Todd, was born in 1975.

Ron began serving at Fourth Memorial Church as an elder at age 24. He was a church soloist and choir member for 38 years. He was the Building Chairman for the Christian Education Building and the new Sanctuary. He was Chairman of the Riverview Bible Camp Committee for many years. Ron was the Chairman of the Festival with Luis Palau in Spokane in 1989. He served on the Northwest Teen Jamboree Board for 32 years and was a founding member of the Circle Bar J Boys Ranch. At the time of his death, Ron was serving on the elder board of South Hill Bible Church and the Whitworth University Crimson Club Board.

Ron was a generous, compassionate, bold man with a great sense of humor. It was very important to him to share Jesus Christ with everyone he met. He gave grace, forgiveness and second chances to family, friends and strangers alike. A deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend, and brother in Christ, Ron is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay Kinley; their daughter Sally (Kurt) Fullmer and grandchildren Mikayla (Erik) Hoffman, Dan (Liz) Fullmer and daughters Kinley and Eliana, and John Fullmer; their son Tim Kinley and grandchildren Trace(Ashley) and children Addison and Logan, Max, and Charlie Anne; their daughter Sue (David) Michaelsen and grandchildren Angie (Phil) Haugen and children Kali, Grace, Aiden and Olivia, Rob Michaelsen, Melinda (Max) Parker, and Melissa (fiance Seth) Michaelsen; and son Todd (Jamie) Kinley and grandson JonJon.

A memorial service will be held at Fourth Memorial Church, 2000 N. Standard, in Spokane on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 4 p.m. Donations could be made to South Hill Bible Church. They will be sent to Casa Aleluya Orphanage in Guatemala, the place where Ron’s grandson JonJon lived until adopted by Todd and Jamie or South Hill Bible Church Missions.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ronald Howard Kinley

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Ruth Paulovic

February 27, 2014

Dear Kay and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. The celebration service of Ron's life was thee most memorable service I have ever been to. What a servant of Our Father and an inspiration for us all to keep serving the Lord while on earth. May God grant you all strength and encouragement as you continue on in your lives. Looking forward to seeing you soon, Kay. Love, Ruth

Ed and Mary Fullmer

February 25, 2014

Dear Kay and family, During these last days our families have shared memories of dear Ron, Oh what a friend to us all. It is a blessing to know God not only united our son and your daughter in marriage but also provided a bond of friendship to our whole family. You are a blessing to us all. Our prayers and sympathy, Ed, Mary Fullmer and extending family

Tom and Lisa Thompson

February 25, 2014

We had the privilege of knowing Ron through our membership at South Hill Bible Church, but we had "known" Ron through our relationships with others years before we met him: Relatives at 4th Memorial, the Luis Palau crusade, missionary conferences at Valleyford Community Church, where Lisa grew up. When Lisa's cousin was in a serious accident, he was there to pray and lend a spiritual hand. Such a gentle soul, and an asset to heaven! He will be missed, but we look forward to seeing him again.

Kathy Tenold

February 25, 2014

Dear Kay and Family,
What a wonderful man Ron was. He was always warm and kind to me whenever I saw him at church or in the community, as he was to everyone he encountered.
The legacy of his faith and family is a blessing to all. My prayers are with each of you as you rejoice that he is with the Lord now but I also know he will be missed greatly. May your wonderful memories with him help to fill those lonesome moments.
Kathy Tenod

February 24, 2014

I am grateful for a great man who knew throughout life that Jesus was most important and all-loving. It was so easy to talk about Him because Ron loved him in return... no doubt about it. I thank Ron for loving me and my dear husband as well. My prayers for his wonderful family. -Gail Wright

Morna Gilbert

February 24, 2014

Ron was always a Pillar of Strength - a consistent father figure to me who's unconditional love, consistent walk, and integrity showed me what being a Bible follower looked like. Ron and Kay will forever be appreciated for their investment into my life, my family, and my their living example. See you soon precious, noble man!

February 23, 2014

As a member of Ron's high school class, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Many,many great memories of our high school days. Jim Top