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Deborah Lynn Kinner

March 25, 1955 — July 24, 2021

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Deborah L. Kinner, 66, of Lake Benton, Minnesota departed her loving family on Saturday, July 24th, 2021, at her home after a 13-year heroic battle with ovarian cancer, with a short last chapter.

Debbie was born March 25, 1955, to Leonard and Vida (Brockberg) Johnson. Shortly after graduating from Verdi High School in 1973, she married her love, Keith A. Kinner, and moved to Italy where Keith served in the Air Force. Upon completing active duty, they returned to the Midwest and attended Southwest State University where Debbie earned her BS in Education. Later Debbie completed her Master’s in Business Education from South Dakota State University. Debbie taught business and accounting courses at Elkton High School for 30+ years. Following retirement, she kept busy helping the family accounting firm, numerous rental properties, and mowing at unreasonable speeds.

She was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, Minnesota and was a member at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota for her adult years where she graced everyone with her beautiful soprano voice in the congregation and choir. Her faith was her source of strength through all her life, keeping her always focused on her true home in heaven, where she now resides.

“If it wasn’t scrapbooked, it didn’t happen.” Debbie enjoyed scrapbook retreats and traveling with friends and family. Her love of travel took her to all fifty states and six continents, always with a thirst for gaining more knowledge about the world and people around her. Her tenacity, wit, and loving guilt-trips held all who knew her together. With words of encouragement, wisdom, and comfort she was a devoted mother who serves as great inspiration.

She will be sorely missed and survived by her four children, Chris of Bloomington, Minnesota, Nicki (Aaron) Holmen of Anchorage, Alaska, Nathan (Lynae) of Ward, South Dakota, Kelsey (Derek) Haugen of Brookings, South Dakota; her eight grandchildren, Marie, James, and Susie Kinner, Ethan and Liliana Holmen, Adam, Noah, and Natalyn Kinner; her mother, Vida Johnson; and siblings, Diane (Steve) Knight and Nancy (Rick Gerber) Johnson. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Keith and father, Leonard.

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Memorial Visitation

Thursday, July 29, 2021

4:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

113 Garfield Street, Lake Benton, MN 56149

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Prayer Service

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Friday, July 30, 2021

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

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