Stewart L. Kinney

Stewart Linder Kinney, 81, retired long time Fire Chief for the city of Mt. Pleasant, IA, died Thursday, December 28, 2023 at his residence.

Stewart was born March 9, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of Raymond Wilson and Elsie Attelabelle (Smith) Kinney. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1960. He was united in marriage to Susie Parker. The couple later divorced. In 1993, Stewart married Shirely Mae Parker Crawford. Mrs. Kinney died December 28, 2012, 11 years to the day prior to Stewart’s death.

Stewart owned and operated Kinney Masonry. He did brick work and general masonry for an untold number of structures in the area. For 52 years, Stewart was a firefighter, and served 32 years as the Fire Chief of the Mt. Pleasant Fire and Rescue Department.

Stewart was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a “hot-rod” building and was an overall car enthusiast. He spent many hours at Payne’s Street Rod Fabrication, where he loved participating in various projects of the shop. He was a fan of the music group “Boston.”

Those thankful for sharing in Stewart’s life include his children – Chuck (Kelly) Kinney of Ashville, NC, Brian Kinney of Mt. Pleasant and Jeremy Crawford of Mt. Pleasant; a brother – Stephen Kinney Of Milaca, MN; grandchildren – Karlie Grace (Landon Taylor) Kinney, Parker Paul Kinney, Samantha Jo (Braden Holtkamp) Crawford, Danielle Marie Crawford, Van Stephen Crawford and Allie Mae Crawford; a niece – Edith Celine (Matt) Cannon and a grandnephew – William Galen Cannon;

His parents, wife Shirley, sister-in-law Lorna Kinney and nephew Kane Karl Kinney precede Stewart in death.

The funeral service for Stewart will be 1:30 PM Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Court Fischer will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Wednesday, January 3 at First United Methodist Church. The family will be present to receive friends from 4-7 PM.

The funeral will be livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church’s YouTube Channel. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mt. Pleasant Fire and Rescue Department.

The Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, is caring for Stewart and his family. Online condolences may be directed to