Dean Kinsell, 92 of Normal, Ill., formerly of Heyworth, Ill. died at 1:45 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at his residence.
His funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington with Rev. Kurt Flora officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth with military honors by the Heyworth American Legion. Visitation is Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the memorial home.
Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center or Advocate BroMenn Hospice, both in Normal, Ill.
Dean was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920 on the family farm near Saybrook, Ill. Mrs. Clem Bane was the attending midwife to help welcome a 13 pound 8 ounce healthy boy into the world. It took Dr. Stedman 1 ½ weeks by horse and buggy before he could get out to the house to certify the birth. Dean was the son of Homer M. and Lena Louise Ward Kinsell.
He married Ollie Kirkpatrick, Nov. 22, 1941 in Missouri. Ollie died in 1961. He married Helen Lee on December 17, 1965 at Rushville, Ill. Helen survives.
Also surviving is a daughter, Carol Rae (Fred) Hoffman, Amarillo, TX, a grandson, Daniel (Jo) Camper, Cedar Park, TX, two great grandsons, Tony Camper and Justin Sparling and a brother, James A. Kinsell, Atlanta, GA.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
Dean served in the U.S. Army, enlisting in August1940 and trained recruits prior to the war. During WW II, he served in the South Pacific until his discharge in October 1945.
Following the war he farmed at Saybrook, Ill. until 1950, when he joined the Illinois State Police, working 25 years out of district six at Pontiac, Ill.
He was a life member of the Carl E. Miller Post 624 American Legion, Heyworth and a life member and instructor for the National Rifle Assoc.