Kenneth “Ratchet” Skye Kinder of Tulsa died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, in Tulsa of a post heart transplant illness. He was 42.
Mr. Kinder was born May 15, 1965, in Baxter Springs Kan., to Billy Quinn and Helen Skye Kinder. He lived in Quapaw for 25 years before moving to Tulsa. He graduated from Quapaw High School in 1983, where he was active in marching band and jazz band. He won numerous state awards for bass trombone performance and was selected to the McDonald's All American Marching Band. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and Tulsa University, where he majored in music and performed with marching, stage and jazz bands.
He was an associate member of the Intertribal Song Chiefs and a stomp dance and war dance singer. He began his broadcasting career in high school and, at the time of his death, was employed by Griffin Communications, News on 6 and CW12 of Tulsa. He was involved with a variety of technical aspects in broadcasting and was an on air radio personality. He was the recipient of the Pepsi National TV Station of the Year award in 2004 and 2005 for his marketing campaigns, the only two year consecutive award winner to date. He served as the stadium announcer for the Tulsa Oilers and as stadium announcer for the Tulsa Talons AF2 football team through their 2007 AF2 championship year.
Survivors include one sister, LeAnn Reeves of Miami; two brothers, Terry Kinder of Miami and Steve Kinder of Gladstone, Mo.; two nieces, Charla EchoHawk of Norman and Marice Leppard of Miami, and two nephews, William Kinder and Joseph Kinder, both of Gladstone, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottawa Tribal Building east of Miami. The Rev. Lee Lawhead will officiate. Burial will be in the Peoria Cemetery with Native American rites conducted by Kevin Dawes.
Pallbearers will be David Farris, Don Root, Rob Murphy, Mike Shawnee, Troy LittleAxe and Dude Blalock.
The family will sit with Mr. Kinder at the Ottawa Tribal Building where they will receive friends and relatives.
Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.
Memorials are suggested to the Kenneth Skye Kinder Transplant Trust, c/o Arvest Bank, 9701 E. 31st Street, Tulsa, OK. 74146.