BRIDGEWATER – John C. “Slim” Kinney Jr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Houlton Regional Hospital. He was born Dec. 28, 1925, in Wade, the son of John C. and Myrtle I. (Butterfield) Kinney. John grew up on a farm. He loved horses and spent many years raising and trading horses. He retired as a heavy equipment operator, working for various construction companies including Perini Construction in Massachusetts. He was known for his outstanding ability as a bulldozer operator. John is survived by his wife, Florence (Randall) Howe Kinney, whom he married Nov. 16, 1991; seven children, Diane Gabriel of Chapman, Donna Dobson of Milford, Pa., David Kinney of South Milwaukee, Wis., Marsha Martin of Presque Isle, John C. Kinney III of Pepperell, Mass., Jackie C. Kinney of Cape Hayes, Fla., and Brian Kinney of Uxbridge, Mass.; a brother, Floyd Kinney of Caribou; two sisters, Gladys “Peggy” Young and Ethel Spooner, both of Limestone; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; eight stepchildren, Linda Nadeau of Wasilla, Alaska, Natalia Bragg of Wade, Iris Theriault of Ashland, Dale Howe of Washburn, George Howe of Wade, Rebecca Howe of Blue Hill, Carol Skinner of Ashland and Robin Pestana of Hudson, N.H.; and a special friend, Sam Tomasik of Bridgewater. He was predeceased by two sons, Steven and Belford “Benney” Kinney; a sister, Crystal “Kitty” O’Neal; and a brother, Gordon Kinney. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Abouleish, Helen Sherwood and staff of Houlton Regional Hospital, Visiting Nurses of Aroostook and Hospice of Aroostook, for all their support and kindness. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Bridgewater Free Baptist Church with Pastor George Perkins and Pastor Larry Palmer officiating. Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Spring interment will be at Crouseville Cemetery, Crouseville. Donations may be made in his memory to Aroostook County Relay for Life, 475 North Wade Road, Wade, ME 04786; Bridgewater Free Baptist Church, P.O. Box 280, Bridgewater, ME 04735 or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Duncan-graves.com.