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Michael James Kinneer

March 2, 1963 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old


Michael James Kinneer “Killer”, delivered by Dominic Brune March 2, 1963, in Zanesville, Ohio, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023 after a 6 month battle with cancer.  

Mike was Co-owner of Dogwatch of Southeast Ohio and Uncle Killer’s Seasoning. He previously worked for Adornettos and Longaberger Baskets. Mike had a long history of racing on and off the track, BMX, MX, Speed Skating, Drag, and Dirt Track Racing. He drag raced his infamous Twisted Sister 18 years, in 1990 was named Rookie of the year at R&R Speedway, set fast time at the SSWC in 2000, held the track record at Muskingum County Speedway, earning the nickname “Killer” by his good friend Downtown Randy Brown. He announced at MCS, Co-founded Dirt Track Racing Wrap Up talk show, founder of OhioValley DTR.Com, also promoting racing on multiple web pages. The most enjoyable part of Mike’s life was raising and teaching his boys life lessons and coaching them in multiple sports. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, coach, and friend to many. Mike loved to ride his Harley, support his Ohio Sport teams and wished “The Browns” could pull one off before he passed. He was a SAL member of the American Legion Post 29, Ohio DSP, and the Street Survivors Car Club.

Mike is survived by the love of his life and soul mate Tracy (Ellis)  Kinneer, three sons, Austin(Christina) Kinneer, Bryce (Kelsey) Goss, CJ (Alivia Dille) Kinneer, grandsons Quinn, Theo, and Baker, and granddaughter Ellie. Three sisters, “seesters” Karen Shinn, Cindy Lawson, and Jamie Curley, nieces Jennifer Euler, Trisha Darden, Sarah & Hannah Curley, Melaney and Makenna Ellis, Natalie Geyer,  nephews Jason Lawson, Kaiden Kirby, Kamdyn and Kasyn Ellis; uncle, Larry Kinneer; step siblings, Joy Geyer and Rex Stemm, in laws Bill and Bernita Ellis, brother-n-law Billy (Ashley) Ellis, fur babies Bailey, Bear, and Duke; great nieces & nephews, Emily Lawson, John Euler, Jacob Euler, Grayson Euler and Avery Darden.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents ODNR Game Warden Earl and Sarah Kinneer, Louis and Edith Leffler, father Jim (Patricia) Kinneer, mother Janie Stemm and step-father Ron Stemm and an uncle, Dick Kinneer and along with good friends, Mike Pettry and Herb Osborne.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at the Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Ondrey as celebrant. Burial will conclude at the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Mike’s family please click on the Tribute Wall tab on this page..  

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November 28, 2023

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home
2318 Maple Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701

Mass of Christian Burial
November 29, 2023

1:00 PM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
925 Main Street
Zanesville, OH 43701


Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery
1475 Military Rd.
Zanesville, OH 43701


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