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Huey Kinchen Named Grand Marshall of Christmas Parade

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    Asked why so many call him “Uncle Huey”, Huey Kinchen responded he reckoned it was because of all the young people he worked with in the Central Volunteer Fire Department who decided to call him that after he retired from 7 years serving as Chief.  He remembers all the fundraisers and walking many miles to raise money for the CFD.  “It was hard work but we had a lot of fun,” he shares.  During those years, and all the ones he spent volunteering his time as a firefighter, he served the City and mentored many.  A Central resident since 1969, Uncle Huey retired from Texaco after 35 years, holding positions that ran from Assistant Warehouseman all the way up to Plant Superintendant.  He is a World War II Veteran, seeing action in 7 major battles in the Pacific theater as a First Class Storekeeper, E-6, including Okinawa.   One of 17 children, he married his high school sweetheart Ethel Boudreaux.  Together they had Huey Jr., a 1972 Central High grad who now works as Vice Assistant Superintendant at the high school in Tomball, TX.  They were married almost 43 years when Ethel passed.  Huey then married his neighbor down the street Mary Jane in 1996.  “I married two good women, I am blessed,” Huey says.  He will be 84 years old in June, and is enjoying his retirement.  Living on 7 ½ acres which up until recently he kept up “like a golf course”, the only thing he says he really needs now is someone to help him split his ½ cord of firewood!  Congratulations Uncle Huey on your well-deserved honor!

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