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William 'Bill' Kinsey

July 22, 1928 April 27, 2024
William 'Bill' Kinsey
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William (Bill) Kinsey, lovingly known as “Papa”, passed away April 27, 2024 at the age of 95. Bill was born in Glendive 7/22/1928. At age 15, Bill and his family moved to Big Timber, where he joined the Army at the end of WWII and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When Bill returned home, he met his wife Lola (Dodie).They raised their family in Big Timber. Bill lived the majority of his life in Big Timber, where he was mostly known for his time at Starr Ford and being a Sweet Grass County Deputy, all the while his heart was in ranching. 

Bill loved his children and grandchildren and all babies! Bill taught us all many things: hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, love for all animals (domestic and wild), birds and their music, rocks, plants, edible wild plants, woodworking, and auto maintenance. Bill was always whistling, doodling, had a quick wit, a sweet tooth and had the strongest hand shake.

Bill is survived by his children and grandchildren and their families: Lonnie Lynn Kinsey; Elaine (Lawrence) Allestad - Holly (Joel) Schwers, {Kinsey (Taylor) Hanks, Kavin (Carly Candee)}; Lonny (Cameron) Mayo, {Halley Stratton (Wade Scripter), Layne Stratton, Elly Mayo}; Billy (Brittany) Allestad, {Dylon, Tenley, Tate}; DeAnne (Steve) Jonas - Amanda (Sam) Loch { Aeries, Dakota, Justus, Garrett Burroughs}, Joshua (Alycia) Jonas {Tanner, Klaire, Ryker}, Shannon Mosdal {Brooke- [Mila], Jody, Tailor, Eli}, Stephanie “s son {Kelby}, Shane (Heather) Jonas, {Zachary, Austin, Jackson, Hadley}; Richard’s wife Lori Kinsey, Colton (Omega) Kinsey, {Orin, Shaylee}, Colleen (Calvin) Odom, {Kori, Klayton}; Donna (John) Keller, Whitney (Aaron) Mischel, {Kade};  Brother Don Kinsey, and many other nieces and nephews, and his longest friend Norm Starr.

Bill just missed getting to meet his 3 new great-great-grandchildren being born this year.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and O’Delia Kinsey; wife-Lola (Dodie); 8 siblings- Doris Faxon, Louise Vinner, James Kinsey, Beth Ayers, Margaret Hull, Irene Witcher, Marvin Kinsey, and Ann Fjare; son- Richard Kinsey; granddaughters Courtney Keller and Stephanie Jonas; great grandson Gerald Burroughs; and other relatives.

Papa Bill will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

A celebration of life for Bill will be June 8, 2024 at 1 pm at the American Legion downstairs. A small luncheon will be served by the Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any memorials be made to Sweet Grass Technical Institute, or donations to the American Legion Auxiliary.

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Celebration of Life




1:00 PM 6/8/2024 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 6/8/2024 2:00:00 PM
American Legion Post #19

110 East 3rd Avenue
Big Timber, MT 59011

American Legion Post #19
110 East 3rd Avenue Big Timber 59011 MT
United States

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