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John H. Kidder

Born: Sat., Sep. 23, 1933
Died: Sat., Aug. 22, 2020


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 27, 2020
Location: Hanley and Sons Funeral Home "Walkerton Chapel"

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 28, 2020
Location: Hanley an Sons Funeral Home "Walkerton Chapel"

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John H. Kidder, 86, of Walkerton, passed away in Memorial Hospital of South Bend, on August 22nd, after a brief illness.

          John was born in South Bend, Indiana on September 23, 1933 to Alvin and Beatrice (Klockow) Kidder. John served his country proudly in the US Army (as  a White Coat) and was a member of American Legion Post #365 of North Liberty. He retired from Belle Way Trucking, at age 81, after 64 total years as an over the road trucker. On May 1, 1954, in South Bend, he married the love of his life, Norma C. Ruff. They were members of the First Seventh-day Adventist Church of South Bend. John enjoyed camping, fishing and riding his motorized bicycle, yet his greatest joy was being in the company of his wife (the love of his life), family and friends.

          John is survived by his loving wife, Norma, along with their two daughters; Cindy (Kevin) Helgesen of Ft. Wayne, and Chari L. (Peter) Krafft of Warsaw, Indiana. He was the proud grandfather of Lisa (Brandon) Kope and Carrie Lynn (Tyler) Shea, both of Ft. Wayne. John was also the great grandfather of five; Mason, Treyson, Leigha, Jonathan and Jaxon. He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, August 27th from 4 until 8:00pm, in the Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Walkerton Chapel”, 1216 Roosevelt Rd., Walkerton. Visitation will require visitors to follow current health guidelines. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11:00am on Friday, August 28th with Pastor Throstur Thordarson. John will be laid to rest in the Westlawn Cemetery in North Liberty, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 365 burial team. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to either his church, South Bend First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1936 E. Altgeld St., South Bend, IN 46614, or to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.

          Hanley and Sons wish to express their deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the entire Kidder family.

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BobbieLee Hudson
   Posted Tue August 25, 2020
Dear Norma,
I will certainly miss my beloved boyfriend. I do hope that when the Nifty Fifty gang reconvenes you will find a way to join us. I enjoyed reminding him on a regular basis that he was the best looking Deacon. Of course this was completely true. Thank you for being so willing to share John with me.

Love Always,
BobbieLee and Elijah

Dawn Sanchez
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Dear Chari & Pete, we are so sorry for your loss. I know how much your daddy meant to you. Your love for him will live on forever. Dawn & Jesse

floyd buwa
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Norma, Chari, and Cindi. I really loved growing up with your family. It really meant a lot to me. Thank you so much for the blessed times together. I love you all and will miss John So much. My best wishes to you and yours.

Scott M Hanson
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
I will miss his sense of humor and his positive attitude. He was a role model and a close friend of my family through thick and thin.

   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
Dear Kidder Family,

Our lives crossed paths some 48 years ago. I have found memories of your parents coming to IA. They still looked the same after all those years. You all are family to us. May God continue to hold all of you in the palm of His hands as you mourn the loss of your husband, father, brother and grandfather. We can only hope for the soon coming of Jesus to see our love ones again. The Bible says in John 11:35 that Jesus wept. It forever puts Him in touch with our feelings of sorrow. Continue to remember all the good times knowing that one day when the trumpet shall sound we will see him again. Love Jennifer and Linwood Stone

kevin p angstmann
   Posted Fri August 28, 2020
Kevin and Suzi from Pike lake Campground ( Yellow Camper) send our sincere thoughts and prayers to Norma and the Family. We have been greatly blessed in meeting John and Norma and being their campground neighbors.

Frank and Teresa Buwa
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Norma and family,

Frank and I are still very gobsmacked at losing John, can't imagine how you are.
Just know that we love you and the Kidder family dearly and are keeping you all in prayer.


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