Nero Kindred Jr. was a phenomenal man. He was a man who loved life, enjoyed family and friends, and was full of wisdom.
Nero Kindred Jr was born in Austin (Travis County) Texas on November 2, 1925 to Mr. Nero Kindred, Sr. and Mrs. Arkie (Evans) Kindred, now deceased. He was the 4th Nero in our family and his nickname was Roach. While growing up in Austin, Nero attended Gregory Town School (now Blackshear Elementary), Kealing Jr High School and graduated from L. C. Anderson High School, where he was a member of the first L. C. Anderson High School band. He later went on to serve in the United States Navy during WWII where he fired large guns on the Navy ship. When the Korean War broke out, he volunteered and joined the United States Army, where he was in the Artillery Division as a Staff Sargent. During the Korean War, his entire squad was killed and he was MIA for two weeks. While he was MIA, he stayed on the battlefield in the freezing snow and rain suffering from frostbite and eventually severe arthritis. After leaving the Army, he enrolled and graduated from Huston-Tillotson College with a Bachelor's degree in English.
Nero relocated to Denver where he worked various jobs from waiting tables, to selling insurance, and substitute teaching. He became an Operations Clerk in 1963 for Public Service Company of Colorado where he retired in 1986. Because he was a person that couldn't endure idle time, he devoted an amount of time volunteering for Denver Public Schools reading with elementary school children. He quickly embarked on yet another venture by volunteering as the Director of the Five points Community Center. He retired from the Five Points Community Center in 1995.
Nero loved to fish, often taking his children to the local lakes on the weekends, where they would fish all day, often catching nothing but enjoying each other's company. He also loved to dance and play cards and dominoes.
Nero's faith led him to Scott United Methodist Church where he became a member in 1959, where he was an active member until his health started taking a toll on him. He remained faithful and continued to worship with his church on the occasions when he felt well enough.
Nero pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in the early nineties and enjoyed the company of his Frat brothers very much.
On May 4, 1996, he married his wonderful wife, Ora Kindred, and they embraced their blended families which included their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.
Nero is preceded in death by his sons Harold Kindred, Portland, OR and Kendree Kindred, Denver, CO. To celebrate his life, he is survived by his wife Mrs. Ora Kindred. One sister, Viola Wilson, Austin, TX His surviving children: Barbara Shaw, Houston, TX; Nero Kindred III (Lola) Austin, TX; Joan Kindred, Austin, TX; Kernyce-Karen Kindred, Denver, CO; Karolette Greene, Denver, CO; Karmyn Kindred-Dukes, Houston, TX; Daughter-in law: Meitra Kindred, Portland, OR; Step-daughters: Alicia McCarty (Stanley), Denver, CO; and Angelia Short (Joseph), Denver, CO; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.