Keith John Kinderman

April 16, 1940May 23, 2018

Keith Kinderman passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 23rd surrounded by his family. After a courageous battle with cancer, he is now in the loving arms of His Savior, Jesus Christ.

Although born in Chicago, he put his roots down in Tallahassee after earning a bachelor's degree at Florida State University, where he was a member of the Seminole football team. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers and played on the 1963 Charger championship team. After three years in the pros he returned to Tallahassee, attended law school at Florida State, and began his career as an attorney in private practice. After retiring, he became an accomplished carpenter and cabinetmaker and spent many hours in his shop. Among Keith's many creations were cabinets for his favorite place on earth, his second home in West Virginia, hobby horses for toddlers, fine furniture, and many gifts for his friends.

His family and friends will miss his dynamic persona and his true grit. He was one-of-a-kind, loving, witty, forthright, original, and caring. Keith was also a man of unusual inner strength, and his life was marked by the impact he had on young people and his deep desire to guide them as they moved from youth to adulthood.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne, a daughter Krista (Erik) Snyder, grandsons Quinton (Beth) Snyder and Ben Carter as well as two great grandchildren, Keith Thomas and Laura Snyder. He was preceded in death by his son, Spodie (Keith, Jr.) Kinderman. He is now enjoying a long-awaited reunion with his son.

A memorial service will be held at his church, Tallahassee Bible Church, at 4830 Bradfordville Road at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1. The family will receive friends and loved ones at 3:00 preceding the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tallahassee Bible Church.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 1, 2018

Keith John Kinderman

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Jack Shinholser

June 5, 2018

Keith, my brother, my friend I miss you, I love you. I know, without a doubt, that all God's blessings are upon you now. That brings me comfort.
Keith, I have had some very good friends in my life but none measure up to you. You are the only one that was there for me in times of trouble before I would even think to ask for help; whether I was in Tallahassee or hundreds of miles away, somehow, like an older brother you kept an eye on me. We will meet again, good by for now.

Donald Donatelli

June 3, 2018

I value my memories with Keith Kinderman when we were at FSU together as teammates and students. We had many good times together, we just connected..he was a fun person and as a teammate he always had your back, a good guy and one heck of a football of the memories I remember is when we were in the NFL ... meeting up together before the game when I was with the Oilers and he was with Chargers, we had a really nice time together talking about our times at FSU..It was always nice getting together with Keith when I would come down to Tallahassee for a reunion or the years we came down for a game. I always liked Keith, I enjoyed blocking for him...he was tough, smart and enjoyed people..will miss you Keith.

John Riggleman

May 31, 2018

Suzanne and Family
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keith was a great man and friend. He loved the mountains and we enjoyed having him here with us. He was a part of our family here in Monterville.

Keith enjoyed the birds and his Monterville Afternoons. His memory will live on forever in our hearts.

He will be sadly missed, but He will never be forgotten as he touched many lives and hearts.

Sending you a hug from Monterville to comfort you. We love you.

Bill Durham

May 31, 2018

Keith Kinderman was one of the most honorable men I have known. He was a good friend that will be truly missed. My sympathy and prayers go to Suzanne and Krista during this time of grief.

Ken Cashin

May 30, 2018

Very sad to learn of Keith's passing earlier this week. I have never known a tougher man with a bigger heart than Keith. Yes, he was a "man's man" but he always had a soft spot for the underdog that earned his or her way in life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Suzanne, Krista and the Kinderman family. He will be missed but I know Spodie is happy to have his dad home.

Nick Nixon

May 30, 2018

So sad to read of Keith's passing this morning. He was a longtime friend and a trusted confidant in years past. A legend and a "mans man". He was one of the good guys and it was my honor to know him and to be able to call him friend. My deepest sympathy to the Kinderman family. I shall always remember him.

Bucky Wagner

May 26, 2018

Keith was a great friend and he will be missed so.much. I remember all the parties at the cabana, hunting and fishing trips on the Oklocknee, and all the stories, jokes, and one liners that are still used often by me and my children. He was a remarkable man, bright, tough, and a real man's man. We are all better people because of Keith.