A Tribute to Herman Kinsinger

Herman Milton Kinsinger passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, January 15, 2008 at his residence. Born April 9, 1939 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Milton and Katie Kinsinger.

Herman was a farmer and was owner and operator of Kinsinger's Shop in Stuarts Draft He was an active member of Pike Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg and a lifetime member of the Stuarts Draft Volunteer Fire Company which he joined in 1969. He served as Chief on three different occasions first of the Fire Company from 1990 until 1997 then again in 2000 and 2005. He was also a life member of the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad.

Herman was known for his indomitable spirit which persisted until his passing. He liked to say that he'd never done anything he couldn't, because what he couldn't do he had never done. He was known to his friends as an amusing storyteller, and someone who always left them with a good feeling when they departed his presence. A jack-of-all-trades, he was a mechanic, carpenter, welder, electrician, inverntor, and heavy equipment operator.

His hobbies involved trains, Bluegrass music, softball, fishing and swimming. Herman's life philosphy was practicing the Golden Rule, making the best of every moment, and helping those in need.

His favotite hymns were "Amazing Grace", "O come Angel Band", "There's a City of Light" and "Years I Spent in Vanity and Pride".

Herman is the first of the nine persons to have served as Chief of the Stuarts Draft Volunteer Fire Company to "Answer the Last Alarm" and be called to duty in heaven.

He was greatly loved by all who knew him; he will be sorely missed.

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