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Andrew Sean Kinkade

(Feb. 14, 1962 - Feb. 23, 2013)

Andrew Sean Kinkade, 51, was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Feb. 23, 2013, in southern Montana.  Sean resided in Powell with his beloved wife Carol and son Ryan, 10.

Sean was born in Ardmore, Okla., on Feb. 14, 1962, the third child of Emmett Sheridan Kinkade and Melinda Lou McClanahan. 

The family lived in Ardmore for a year, then in Fort Worth, Texas; Cherry Hill, N.J.; Denton, Texas; and Greenville, Texas.  He attended The American School in Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland for his sophomore year in high school.  He attended one semester of high school in Tel Aviv, Israel before returning to the United States. He graduated from high school in Haysville, Kans. 

Sean worked as a professional drummer for one year with a Los Angeles band, then attended Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, La., where he graduated with a bachelor’s of art degree in movie and film production. Sean then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for six years in Denver, Colo., Mons, Belgium (SHAPE) and southern Italy. 

He was awarded an Honorable Discharge, then met the love of his life, Carol Love Richey, and they were married on July 11, 2002 in Florida. He then began to pursue his dream in designing and manufacturing flapping-wing radio-controlled ornithopters. He and his wife built this dream into the international business HobbyTechnik.

Sean was a kind, gentle, and compassionate man with a great sense of humor who had brilliant artistic and musical talents. He was a genius in engineering. He loved many things, but especially cats, drums, trains, dirt bikes, flying machines and most of all his family. He was a wonderful dad.

Sean is survived by his wife, Carol; his son, William Ryan; his mother, Melinda Lou McClanahan and step-father, Robert E. Porter of Silver City, N.M.; his father, Emmett Sheridan Kinkade, of Switzerland; a brother, Sheridan Brendan Kinkade, of West Hills, Calif.; two sisters, MarCia Kinkade McGee of Santa Fe, N.M. and Amelia Eileen Kinkade of Los Angeles, Calif.; one cousin, Mark Thomas Bish of Austin, Texas; two nieces, Arden and Kate Kinkade of West Hills, Calif.; one niece, Megan Dooly, and great-nephew, Brendan Dooly of Gulfport, Miss.; one nephew, Ian McBride of Joplin, Mo.; and numerous other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl Sheridan Kinkade and Luina Inez Kinkade and William E. McClanahan and Rheua-Nell McClanahan, all of Ardmore, Okla.; and his aunt, Rue McClanahan, of New York, N.Y.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service was held at the family’s home on March 1. Heaven has welcomed a beautiful soul.

Contributions for his son Ryan may be made to the William R. Kinkade Fund at the First Bank of Wyoming in Powell, Lovell or Cody.


  • posted by William Kinkade

    June 19, 2017 7:24 pm

    As far as I know, the guy who bought the company closed it down in 2014. Any sale of birds of Sean's designs are absolutely not benefiting us.

  • posted by Theresa

    March 14, 2015 4:07 am

    I was wondering: Now that is selling RC ornithopters based on Sean's designs, does the sale of each new ornithopter benefit Sean's family, or was his family just paid up-front for the rights? The answer would affect how deep I'd be willing to reach into my moth-eaten student pocket to buy one, v.s. how far I'd be willing to go to try building my own from info I've gathered.

  • posted by Avery Kravitz

    September 16, 2013 9:54 pm

    I would like to buy a flying bird and was wondering if his company will live on?

    I live in Canada.

    Tel: 514-291-3061

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