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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma

Deceased Name: Bennie Kincheloe

© Durant Daily Democrat

May 14, 2008

Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Services for Bennie Kincheloe, 85, will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church Church of Durant. Rev. James Robinson will officiate.

Bennie passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Bonham, Texas, in a VA hospital.

He was born Tuesday, March 27, 1923, in Sapulpa to Williams Allen and Etha Mae Miller Kincheloe.

He married Esther Waitman on December 13, 1941, in Denison, Texas.

Chief Warrant Officer Ben Kincheloe served his country faithfully for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. In 1940, Ben began his military career at age 17 when he enlisted in the Army National Guard. Shortly afterward, he was transferred to the 180th Field Artillery at Fort Sill. From there, he went overseas to the South Pacific Theatre, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, Bennie continued his military service in various far-Eastern Air Force commands, having served in Japan and Iwo Jima during the Korean Conflict. Prior to Vietnam, Kincheloe served at Eielson, AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska, with Strategic Air Command {SAC} under Gen. Curtis E. LeMay. Ben retired from the Air Force in 1966 at Perrin AFB, Sherman, Texas.

Bennie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Durant, a rancher and had a Bachelors of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in technology. He was also a life-time member of the rifle association, enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and liked to hunt and fish.

Bennie was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, C. A. and Hugh Kincheloe.

He is survived by his wife of the home, sons, Michael Allen Kincheloe and wife Gina of Durant and Calvin Hughes Kincheloe and wife Sue of New Port Richey, Florida and grandchildren Kevin Kincheloe of Washington D.C., Kris Kincheloe of Durant and Craig Kincheloe and Tracie Kincheloe, both of New Port Richie, Florida.

Military pallbearers will be at the burial, which will be at Highland Cemetery.

Coffey-Murray Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


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