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In Memory of

Claude Swanson Kidd

October 14, 1923 - March 19, 2013

Obituary


Claude S. Kidd, 89, of Raleigh passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, March 19.

Claude was born in Dobson, NC in 1923. He was the son of Thomas J and Bertie Kidd and was one of eight children. He lived on a farm growing up where he developed a passion for the outdoors, woodworking, and gardening. In 1943, prior to his graduation from NCSU, he joined the Army, became a Sergeant and served his country in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944 and fought...

Claude S. Kidd, 89, of Raleigh passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, March 19.

Claude was born in Dobson, NC in 1923. He was the son of Thomas J and Bertie Kidd and was one of eight children. He lived on a farm growing up where he developed a passion for the outdoors, woodworking, and gardening. In 1943, prior to his graduation from NCSU, he joined the Army, became a Sergeant and served his country in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944 and fought in the Battle of St. Lo and the Battle of Mortain where he was captured by the Germans and was a POW for 7 months in Germany.

Soon after his liberation and return to the states he completed his degree from NCSU. He then met Esther Hollowell and together they had a wonderful marriage of 63 years and raised 3 children.

Claude retired from Nationwide Insurance but continued to work part time at the NC State Fairgrounds until 2007.

Claude was a selfless man, described by family members as a true American Hero. He loved everyone he met and treasured time spent with his family. A book entitled Sunny Side Up was written and published about his upbringing, his college days, WWII and beyond.

The family will receive friends 6:00 - 8:00pm on Friday, March 22 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road in Raleigh. The funeral service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 23 at New Hope Baptist Church in Raleigh. A social gathering will follow. Claude will be buried as a war veteran at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a later date.

Claude is survived by his wife, Esther Hollowell Kidd; children, Henry Kidd and wife Andrea, Cindy Coffey and husband Bryan, both of Raleigh and Tom Kidd of Oak Ridge, NC; as well as nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Honor Flight at: www.honorflight.org or mailed to: Honor Flight., Inc, attn: Diane Gresse, 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505.