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Saturday, June 22, 2013
2:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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William "Bill" J. Kinser

Bill Kinser died at home on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; mother & stepfather, Jim & Connie Kinser of Winterset; siblings Tom Bentley of Red Oak, Darcia Ovel (Jeff) of Chatfield, MN, Joel Kinser (Jennifer) of Des Moines, Molly Douglas (Chris) of Urbandale, Stephanie Parsons (David) of Loveland, CO, and Klissie Robbins of Denton, TX; 25 nieces and nephews; and 14 great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Bentley; grandparents Ray & Veva Gustafson, Oris & Ruth Bentley, and Jack & Phillis Kinser; and father-in-law Darrell Hendricks.

Bill was born Olin William Bentley at Murphy Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA, and went home with his parents to a farm near Emerson. Later he moved to Red Oak with his mother and siblings, where he attended Red Oak High School and received his GED. He was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol wing during his high school years and worked at JD’s Café after school. Bill had his name legally changed to William James Kinser on his 18th Birthday.

He entered the United States Marine Corps in January 1984. He served at Camp Lejeune, NC, and in Okinawa, Japan. He received an honorable discharge in 1988. He returned home to Des Moines and worked for Golf Cars Iowa, Eagle Sign, Clark Industries, and Firestone Tire, where he was working on the maintenance crew at the time of his death.

He was united in marriage with Julie Hendricks on June 6, 1992. They resided in the house Julie’s father had built in south Des Moines. Bill was a loving and devoted husband to his wife. He loved to cook, bake, listen to music, and go to concerts. He and Julie traveled whenever they could. Bill loved his family deeply – including his dogs and cats. He loved to laugh and tell jokes. He was a great story teller – even though some were too long! Bill was a loyal friend and a recovering alcoholic and addict; he helped many people find their way to recovery through A.A. He also was an old-car enthusiast and owned several different cars during his lifetime. He will be missed.

Services are pending.

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