JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - John L. Kiviniemi, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.
John was born May 10, 1928, in Trimountain to the late John and Sophie (Lorenz) Kiviniemi.
John is survived by his wife, Willie Sue (Belcher) Kiviniemi of Scottsburg, Ind., and their cat, Malachi.
John married Gladys Morgan June 1, 1946, and she survives along with their six children: Ronald (Ann) of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Jerald of Borden, Ind., Gary of Manchester, Tenn., David (Evelyn) of Christina, Tenn., Sharon (Gary) Hurtienne of Austin, Ind., and Connie (Keith) Kiviniemi-Baylor of Columbus, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, William of Evansville, Ind., and Leonard "Happy" of Scottsburg, Ind.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Philip and Ernest.
John served as a guard in the U.S. Army during WWII at the Atomic Energy Facility, Manhattan Project in Oakridge, Tenn., and also at the old Charleston Army Ammunition Plant.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Scottsburg and past commander of the American Legion Post 234 in Scottsburg. He was instrumental in establishing the Scott County War Memorial.
John was a retired carpenter and enjoyed helping his children with building and remodeling projects as well as fishing, traveling and playing bingo.
Entombment will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg was in charge of all arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to collinsfuneralhome.net.