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William Richard Kinsey

October 1, 1961 March 20, 2024
William Richard Kinsey
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William Richard Kinsey was born on October 1, 1961, to Bill and Dodie Kinsey of Big Timber, Montana. He went to his Heavenly home on March 20, 2024. Rich had a servant’s heart that was filled with an abundance of love for his family, friends, and just about anyone he encountered.


Richard grew up with his sisters Elaine, DeAnne, and Donna, and one brother, Lonnie Lynn. He graduated from Sweet Grass County High School in 1980. He married his best friend and life partner, Lori Plaggemeyer, on June 12, 1982. He spent several summers tending sheep up in the mountains, then worked construction and electrician jobs before going to work for Norm and Lorraine Starr on their ranch in the late 80s.


In 1989, Rich and Lori welcomed Colton to their family, then completed their family in 1991 with the addition of Colleen. He started his own ranching operation by leasing land. In 2005 the family moved to Opheim, Montana, where they stayed for 5 years. In Opheim, he enjoyed coaching his daughter’s high school basketball team, the community, and working on the ranch until 2010 when the Kinseys moved back to the Big Timber area. In 2013, through his hard work and dedication, he and Lori were able to purchase their own ranch in Ryegate, Montana. Rich achieved his lifelong dream working side by side with his son, owning their own ranch. He helped his in-laws, Walter and Ruth Plaggemeyer, on their ranch while also caring for his father and brother.


Richard truly enjoyed helping people in any and every way, he touched many lives while doing so. When his grandkids Orin, Kori, Shaylee, and Klayton came into his life, he became “Pops,” the best role for this true family man. He loved and cherished every moment with his grandkids.


There was truly nothing Rich couldn’t do — he loved hunting, sports, building, fixing, mechanicing, and completing honey-do projects for Lori. He loved working with his wife and always wanted them to do things together. For their 40th wedding anniversary, Rich took Lori out on a romantic day shooting gophers. There aren’t enough words to describe how special he was.


He is preceded in death by his mother, Lola (Dodie), and niece, Courtney Keller.


He leaves behind: his wife Lori, father Bill (Papa); Son Colton (Omega), daughter Colleen (Calvin Odom); grandchildren, Orin and Shaylee Kinsey, and Kori and Klayton Odom; Sisters Elaine (Lawrence Allestad), DeAnne (Steve Jonas), Donna (John Keller), and brother Lonnie Lynn; father and mother-in-law Walter and Ruth Plaggemeyer; brothers-and-sisters- in-law, Larry (Kim), Linda (Joe Melvin), Rick (Karen); and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.


Memorials may be directed to Sweet Grass County 4-H, or the charity of your choice.


The memorial service is planned for March 26, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., at the Big Timber Evangelical Church.


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Memorial Service

Tuesday

26

Mar

1:00 PM 3/26/2024 1:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 3/26/2024 2:30:00 PM
Big Timber Evangelical Church

302 Bramble
Big Timber, MT 59011

Big Timber Evangelical Church
302 Bramble Big Timber 59011 MT
United States
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