Donald R. Kinker, Jr.

February 28, 1936 ~ February 3, 2021 (age 84)


Wrapped in the love of his family and embraced by his wife of 61 years, Gloria Colletta Szymanski Kinker, from home Don ascended into the arms of God on 02/03/2021 after 18 months of declining health.  Lovingly raised by deceased grandparents, Jos E. Smith, Keturah Minnie McMullen Smith and mother, Anna Kathleen Smith Kinker Walbeck, his values were old school.  His father, Donald Edward Kinker, was occasionally present.  Don was a proud Toledo, OH boy, he attended Cherry Elementary, Jesup W. Scott H.S. and graduated from the University Of Toledo.  He had a unique, playful and joyful spirit, lived passionately and in the moment.  Don’s personality illuminated each room entered.  He was extremely loyal to lifelong and newly acquired friends.  Beverly Richardson, Richard Herman, Carl Keith and Charles Pfister, among countless others, were held close to his heart.  Golf was Gloria’s only competition!  Don voiced he had never expected to live such a full and good life.  His greatest accomplishments are beloved daughter, Beth Witt (Ivo Podobnikar), and cherished son, Todd Kinker (Virginia).  Don loved his attentive grandchildren, Spencer Witt (Melissa), Madeline Kinker (Luke) and Matthew Kinker.  Affiliations were:  Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Iota Chapter, Columbus Claims’ Club, Upper Arlington H.S. Boosters, former President Upper Arlington H.S. Parents’ Lacrosse Club, Upper Arlington Senior Center.  He held multiple positions relating to Auto Insurance Claims and fully retired from Crawford & Co. in 2013.  Pre-Covid, Don found fulfillment as a Mon./Tues. “Yellow Desk” Ohio Health Riverside Hospital volunteer for over 7 years.  Special thanks to Msgr. Stephan Moloney, Don's caring and excellent physicians, H. Craig Sleesman, M.D., Mitchell J. Silver, D.O. and Ohio Health Hospice.  On 2/08/21, a private family Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Upper Arlington, OH.  Internment held at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, OH with military honors.  Arrangements completed by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME.  Donations may be made to Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, OH 43214, OR support a child. Visit for condolences.




To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald R. Kinker, Jr., please visit our floral store.


Private Family Service

© 2021 Egan-Ryan Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy