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He was born August 25, 1922, in Edina, MO, the son of John Louis and Edna May Layman Kinsel. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Howard Louis, John William and Fred Lee Kinsel, one nephew Ronald Lee and one niece Elizabeth.
Paul is survived by one brother George Robert Kinsel of Carbondale, IL, one sister-in-law Betty Kinsel of Edina, MO, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul was raised in Edina where he graduated from Edina High School. He served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. A World War II Veteran, Paul arrived in Normandy one week after D-Day. One of Paul’s greatest joys was attending the Great River Honor Flight accompanied by his niece Bonnie Kinsel in April 2011. Paul was especially touched by the motorcycle brigade that led the veterans back to Hannibal.
After his military service, most of his life was spent in Edina working with his dad and brother. Paul was active in the community. He enjoyed reading, donating blood and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Paul was a member of the Edina Methodist Church, the Knox County Memorial Post # 4822 V.F.W. in Edina, MO and was an active fifty year member of the Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post# 261. Paul was a loving and devoted son, brother and uncle.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Pastor Sam Smith officiated the services. Burial with full military honors was in the Linville Cemetery.
Music was provided by Melody Kinsel, soloist and Carol Hayes, organist. Casket bearers were Randy Kinsel, James Kinsel, Barry Kinsel, Mike Kinsel, Stephen Kinsel, Jeremy Booth, Jordan Kinsel and Alex Kinsel. Honorary bearers were Gary Kinsel, John Kinsel and William Kinsel.
Memorials may be made to the Linville Cemetery, Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post # 261, or the Knox County Library.