Memorial Service
Arcadia Theater
717 Water St.
Kerrville, TX  78028
Thursday, July 11, 2024
2:00 PM
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Kinky Friedman

of Medina, TX

November 1, 1944 - June 26, 2024

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Memorial services for Kinky Friedman, 79, of Medina, who passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at his residence, will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the Arcadia Theater.

Kinky's survivors include his brother and sister, Roger and Marcie; sister-in-law, Roz; nieces, Amanda and Michaela; nephew, David (Eliza); great-niece, Naomi; and his dear dogs, Winston, Kani, Louie, Gracie, Buddy and Edison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Echo Hill Ranch Gold Star Camp,

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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20 Condolence(s)
Linda Whitely
Kerrville, TX
Saturday, July 13, 2024

I love you Kinkster! Than you for always being so kind and generous to me at your book signings. I so enjoyed going to those! The world feels an emptiness without you in it! I love and cherish your wonderful books! They are “killer bee!” My condolences to ALL of your family and friends! God Bless you Kinky!

Charlotte Lee
Novato, CA
Thursday, July 11, 2024

Dearest Kinky
I’ll so miss you. Sorry you stepped on the rainbow
Loved our visits at your home listening to tales, your music
and playing with the Friedmans.
You definitely broke the mold.
Miss you
See you on the other side

Sue Sende Cole
Austin, TX
Wednesday, July 10, 2024

I enjoyed your music showcases at the Continental Club in Austin. And Kinky, you were truly ahead of your time when it comes to hemp legislation. You are missed.

Dennis Jistel
Tuesday, July 9, 2024

You were a great person, song writer and animal lover. One of my favorite songs that you wrote "A Dog in the Sky" about a little white poodle(Mr. P) who came to you from a guy who was dying, had to check into M.D. Anderson who told you if he lived he would come back for Mr. P, and if he didn't you'd take care of him. Mr. P was Kinky's constant companion. As Kinky states, he thinks Mr. P went away to die and was killed possibly by coyotes. Listen to the story in "A Dog in the Sky".

Larry Schooler
Austin, TX
Tuesday, July 9, 2024

It's hard to encapsulate all the ways I think Kinky made the world a better, funnier place; I think my childhood is forever enriched by the impact he had at Echo Hill, and I think we all benefitted from the originality of his voice on page and in song. May his memory be for a blessing.

-Larry Schooler (EHR '88-'94)
Austin, TX

Amy Schein Todd
Saturday, July 6, 2024

Moon glowing a little brighter, trees a little greener, mountains a little grander deep in the Southland where the Kinkster’s spirit resides. All my love to the Friedmans and EHR family.

Kimberly Culver
Kerrville, TX
Friday, July 5, 2024

Thank you very kindly, Kinkster!

henry greenberg
san antonio, TX
Friday, July 5, 2024

I first met Kinky-then Richard-over 60 years ago when I was a young camper and he was my counselor--years later when I was old enough to be a counselor- Richard was a great influence on how interacted with the children in my care-He inspired me to think outside the box by his examples--he, Roger, Tom and Min were very much a part of my life as well as my siblings--we owe them a lot--


Chuck and Jan
Temple, TX
Friday, July 5, 2024

Kinky will be missed by so many, whether they were fans of his music, his books, or just his humor. We remember him as a kid at Echo Hill Ranch, and followed his career though the years, collecting his books, and even gathering signatures for his run for governor. Our sympathy goes out to his wonderful family. We love you.

Mark Greenberg
Allen, TX
Thursday, July 4, 2024

My deepest condolences to Roger and Marcie and all the EHR family. I can’t think of a family that touched more lives in Texas than did the Friedmans. RIP Kinky. Green trees to all.

todd v wolfson
Austin, TX
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

So blessed by your art
and your humor
and the small pieces of getting to know you
over the years...

i love you, Kinky !

Marc Samet
Broomall, PA
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Dearest Cuz
RIP after steppin’ on that rainbow! Will miss your spirit but your legacy lives in books, songs and the Ranch. Much peace and love❤️

Rita Shanahan
Arlington, MA
Monday, July 1, 2024

I was lucky enough to pick up one of Kinky's detective novels and quickly ended up with the whole collection. He was a breath of fresh air in this politically world. They are laugh out loud funny.

Rachel Samet Bird
Round Lake, IL
Monday, July 1, 2024

Dear Cousin Kinky, my heart feels broken. I treasure all the times we got to spend together. I’m forever grateful for the times I got to share with you & our family, summer camp, many shows in Chicago, meeting in New York, our talks on car rides, you introduced me to your friends who became my friends, writing me into one of your books, being a part of a tv episode with me and always giving me the most genuine hugs and caring advice. Our eyes would always light up when we got to meet at your shows because we both felt that sense of family amongst a crowd of your fans. You’ve joined some of the best up in heaven but you’re going to be lovingly remembered through your music, books, camp and most importantly in all our hearts. My most sincere condolences to each of our family members, to your many friends and all the animals that will deeply miss you too.
I miss you and love you Kinky.
Green Trees,
Cousin Rachel

Maggie Baker
Kerrville, TX
Monday, July 1, 2024

You will truly be missed! I remember meeting you through Cab ( my step father in- law in Medina at your camp! Thank you for autographing one of your books for me!
You were one of the Good Guys! 💕🙏

Claudette Monroe
Houston, TX
Monday, July 1, 2024

The world suddenly got darker when you left us. You will be missed immensely… forever. But, you have left a mark that will be within me forever. Enjoy your this next chapter, you deserve happiness. You made so many laugh now you can hang with Tom and Min and all your lost animals. See you on the other side of the rainbow!!
Clyde Potts (AKA Claudette Monroe)

Kelli Tuck
Artesia, CA
Sunday, June 30, 2024

Love & support to you Marcie Friedman and will see you there. I can fly in earlier or stay longer if needed

Dennis Laviage
Houston, TN
Saturday, June 29, 2024

Well Kinky looks like you made it to the
Pearly gates of Heaven. I hope they realize they don’t make Jews like Jesus anymore and if not tel them you’ve been bugled in.
I’m going to miss you my friend because we’ve been friends for over 60 years
Keep the Faith I’ll see you on the other side of the rainbow.

Tell Tom & Min howdy

Dennis Laviage
Houston, TX
Saturday, June 29, 2024

Geez kinky I’m going to miss you
I guess being bugled to Jesus is in a round about way happening.
61 years ago we met and we’ve stayed friends and in touch the entire time
Rest in Peace Buddy tell Tom & Min I said Hi.
I’ll see you on the other side of the rainbow
Dennis Laviage

Cheryl Park
Houston, TX
Saturday, June 29, 2024

My condolences to the family. My children, Louis and Phocion, called him Uncle Kinky and thought he was so hilarious. My husband Phocion was Kinky's tennis partner at Austin High School and ran around with Kinky in his car as he drove around to various girls' homes and blew the whistle. We enjoyed visiting with Kinky when he came to Houston for book signings and when we visited him at the ranch in Medina. He was always so gracious and welcoming to us. I tried to get in touch with him soon after Phocion's death (July 19, 2023). I like to imagine that Phocion and he are playing tennis again in eternity. I was so sad to hear about his passing and all the suffering he endured. He was such a gifted writer. I could not help but laugh out loud when reading his books. We love you Kinky and pray to see you again in eternity.