Bill Kitchen, Lakeland Illustrator, Dies

billkitchen1.jpgBill Kitchen, former illustrator for the Miami Herald, died in his home Wednesday. Kitchen was the Herald’s popular illustrator for three decades. He retired to Lakeland where he freelanced for The Lakeland Ledger.

”Artists are usually regarded as temperamental, but not Bill,” recalled John McMullen, retired executive editor. “He not only was talented but easygoing, likeable, and unfailingly upbeat about his work and the world.”

Anne Baumgartner, longtime Action Line editor, now retired, said in an e-mail that Kitchen ‘never realized how truly talented he was. But his fans did. They loved him. `I can’t wait to see what Bill Kitchen will make of this,’ they’d say to Action Line. They’d beg for a copy of ‘their cartoon.’ “– Miami Herald

Kitchen’s graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Illustration by Bill Kitchen for the book, Benny, The Bird Who Was Too Lazy to Fly by Rita T. Geringswald