John Lawrence Kiviniemi, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at Clark Memorial Hospital. He was born in Trimountain, Michigan to the late John and Sophie Lorenz Kiviniemi on May 10, 1928. John is survived by his wife, Willie Sue Belcher Kiviniemi of Scottsburg, Indiana and their cat, Malachi. John married Gladys Morgan on June 1, 1946, and she survives along with their six children, Ronald and his wife Ann of Pisgah Forest, NC, Jerald of Borden, IN, Gary of Manchester, TN, David and his wife Evelyn of Christiana, TN, Sharon Hurtienne and her husband, Gary of Austin, IN and Connie Kiviniemi-Baylor and her husband Keith of Columbus, IN; twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren and two brothers, William Kiviniemi of Evansville, IN and Leonard Kiviniemi of Scottsburg, IN. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Philip and Ernie Kiviniemi. John served as a guard in the U.S. Army during W.W. II at the Atomic Energy Facility Manhattan Project in Oakridge, TN and also at the old Charlestown Army Ammunition Plant. He was past commander of the American Legion Post # 234 in Scottsburg, Indiana and was instrumental in establishing the Scott County War Memorial and was a member of the First Christian Church. John loved fishing, traveling and playing bingo. He was a retired carpenter and enjoyed helping his children with building and remodeling projects. Funeral Services: 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana with cremation to follow services. Visitation: 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday. Entombment will be at a later date in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Indiana. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net

 







John Lawrence Kiviniemi

May 10, 1928
September 06, 2012

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