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Friends may call 4 to 7 PM Friday, March 15, 2019 at HILL FUNERAL HOME, Westerville where services will be held at 10:30 Saturday.

I met John about 1968-69. I had a Mercedes 190 SL and as a student at OSU could not afford the likes of the Potter Company. My ride was far from reliable but I loved it and a friend of mine suggested I go to Kiner's Garage. John was my savior many times. He did not much like working on the "over engineered" Mercedes. He was compassionate and tried to make my repairs affordable but I am sure he really didn't need another charity case. I would go into his office and take a seat. I wouldn't say anything until he got over being mad at the fact I was even there. After a while he would look up and say what do you need Birnie. Then I could talk about my current problem. He would fix it and charge me a nominal fee and I would be on my way. Each repair would result in parts that were not really necessary to the running of the car and they accumulated in my basement. After I graduated I finally got a job that I could afford a reliable car and I needed to sell my beloved 190. The buyer wanted all of the parts from my basement put back on the car. So off I went with another sob story to John. He agreed to replace the parts on the condition that I NOT tell the new owner where I got the car repaired. What a wonderful man. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

Richard Birnie

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Obituary for John Kiner

John Kiner 1928-2019

John Kiner

12/24/1928 - 03/11/2019

On Monday March 11th, 2019, John Dean Kiner passed away at the age of 90 with his children and grandchildren at his side. John was born on December 24, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio to Alice and Rodney Kiner.

Growing up in Westerville, Ohio John fell in love with working on automobiles which became his profession, specializing in foreign and antique auto repair. After serving in the Korean War during 1951-1952 as a mechanic in the 512th Ord HAM Heavy Automotive Maintenance Co, John returned to Westerville to continue his automotive business Kiner’s Garage. On June 18th, 1959 he married Jeanette Pauline Dawson and they raised two daughters, Kim and Kelli and one son, John Michael. John had many interests most notably his love of unique cars. Just to name a few of those he owned and cherished were his Bugatti, Bentley, Flanders and was the original owner of a ’53 Arnolt MG. He was also active in the 2nd OVI and was a Past Master and member of Blendon Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

John was preceded in death by his wife, mother, father, brother Ralph and sister Eileen. He is survived by his three children Kim (Ralph Jelic), John (Tonya) and Kelli (Chris Estep), grandsons Jacob, Christian and Nathaniel, step-grandsons Chazz, Tyler and Justice, sisters Pearl Mae Eierman and Sharon Hayhurst, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call 4-7pm Friday, March 15, 2019 at Hills Funeral Home in Westerville where a funeral service will be held at 10:30am Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the following. Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children Inc. 1801 Gateway Circle Grove City, Ohio 43123