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The Rev. Philip L. KINTON, 66, of Ellston, formerly of Mount Ayr, died Sept. 10, 1999, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.

He was born May 2, 1933, in Brunswick to Russell J. and Esther Ruth (GIBBS) KINTON. He graduated from Hiram College and Drake University in 1958. He served as pastor of First Christian Church in Mount Ayr for more than 20 years. He lived in Deep River, Pierson and Zearing before moving to Mount Ayr in 1976. The Rev. KINTON served as district president of Southwest Iowa Disciples of Christ and was a member of Mount Ayr Lions, Ringgold County Ministerial Association, Ringgold County Historical Society board of directors and Habitat for Humanity. He was a master gardner, former Boy and Cub Scout leader, former county chairman of the Red Cross and served on the Governor's Youth Committee. He worked more than 80 weeks at Christian Conference summer camp in Newton, and directed Chi Rho and Junior High camps at Newton.

He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Doris M. (nee SEABROOK) of Ellston, whom he married Aug. 28, 1955; son, Tom (Vanessa) KINTON of Columbia, S.C.; daughters, Lorinda (Jim) PARKER of Blue Springs, Mo., and Karla KINTON of Urbandale; sister, Carolyn KINTON of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; aunt, Esther GIBBS; several cousins, the GIBBS and VINTONS; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward.

Service and visitation were held. Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr, were in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Conference Center in Newton or to the Phil KINTON Memorial.


Phil KINTON was born at the home of his parents, Russell John and Esther Ruth (GIBBS) KINTON, May 2, 1933, in Brunswick, Ohio. He died Friday, September 10, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.

Phil attended Brunswick Community Schools. It was here he acquired his love of music, which continued throughout his life. He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in which his great-grandfather Gibbs was a pioneer preacher. He was active in 4-H and scouting. His love of camping began at scout camp, at 4-H camp and, above all, Camp Christian, where he dedicated his life to the ministry.

He attended Hiram College and received a degree in music education. It was there in a freshman English class that he met his future wife, Doris. They modeled a new style of ministry even then as "a clergy couple" when they served the Congregational Church in Mecca, Ohio. Following graduation, they married on August 28, 1955, and came to Drake University to attend seminary. They served the Deep River Christian Church while in seminary.

Other pastorates included: Pierson and Cleghorn Christian Church, Zearing Christian Church and then a "joint call" to the Mount Ayr First Christian Church, Mount Ayr, IA in 1976. Five years ago Phil developed a heart problem. Doris continued serving the parish until retirement in 1997.

Phil's was a teaching ministry -- he counseled or directed Chi Rho Camp over 80 some weeks (with the weeks that others in the family shared, the Kinton family counseled 122 weeks of Church camping) either at the State Parks or at the Christian Conference Center at Newton. He taught Church School Class, was a member of the choir, led the children's bell choir, inventing a color note method for young children who could not read music. An elected Elder at Mount Ayr, he loved to work on the property of the church and felt blessed to lead the congregation to build a new house of worship after two fires.

His love of cooking helped the congregation to raise a large sum of money to help pay for the new building by cooking meals at the State Fair for the 4-H exhibitors, FFA and State Fair Singers for several years.

He was a member of the Ringgold County Ministerial Association, serving as president and later secretary. He headed up the Potato Project which brought tons of potatoes to dispense to families in a six county area in southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

Phil was a Scout Master or Cub Scout Leader in several communities in which he lived. He was the leader of the Owl Patrol of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a member of the Lions Club, serving as president. He was a Master Gardener and designed the Chalice Garden at the regional office of the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest.

Phil will be remembered for his love of nature, his kind spirit, willingness to treat all people with love and respect, and his sharing of a new experience with someone. He was open to new ideas, loved to attend sporting events, loved to travel, whether through the back roads of Ringgold county, or Nova Scotia, Paris, or most recently, (a retirement gift), a trip to the Holy Land.

He is survived by his wife Doris; son Tom and his wife Vanessa of Columbia, SC; daughter Lorinda, her husband Jim PARKER of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Karla of Urbandale, IA; three grandchildren, Issac and Tommy KINTON of Columbia, SC, McKenna PARKER of Blue Springs, MO; a sister, Carolyn and family of Detroit, MI; and several aunts and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a younger brother Edward, all of Ohio.

It is hard to sum up his life in these few memories. May your own memories of Phil be a blessing to you, as he was to us, his family.

"Dearest family and friends, we love you all and thank you for so much love towards us through many years. P and D."

Memorial services were held Thursday, September 16, 1999 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Reverends John and Ainslee BRILLO, Dr. Donald McCORD and Dr. Richard GUENTERT officiated. Music was provided by Mrs. Steve TRULLINGER and the First Christian Church Choir. Congregational hymns "Holy Ground," " In This Very Room," "Here I Am, Lord" and "That Cause Can Never Be Lost or Strayed" were sung.

Casketbearers were Jim PARKER, Pat McNULTY, Robert PRICE, Jerry CRENSHAW, Jack BURRIGHT and Fred GEE. Honorary pallbearers were Dick SPARROW, Dean McWILLIAMS, Jarred TRULLINGER, John GALVIN, Jim SMITH, Richard GIBBS, Carl GORDON, Jim BRUCE, Clinton WOLF, John and Carmen ZIETLER and the staff of the Christian Church Upper Midwest.

Funeral arrangements were made by Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home.

Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

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