Lee Norman Kinzel, 63, left his earthly burdens to be with God on the morning of Saturday February 19, 2022. Lee lived his life with great love for children, animals and family. He was always kind, cheerful and often humorous. He was a US Navy veteran, an ordained minister for a time and a maintenance mechanic enjoying retirement. He enjoyed many hobbies including model cars and collecting scale models, building dioramas, ham/cb radio and electronic gadgetry, auto restoration and racing, music, cooking and nature.
Lee was preceded in death by his father – Dorris C. Kinzel, grandparents – Ernest and Anna (Vollmer) Kinzel and Hans and Etta (Staehle) Dudeck and his beloved aunt – Juanita Dudeck.
Lee is survived by his fiancé – Lori Mavers Schneider of New Athens, his former wife – Margaret (Joe) Kinzel Lejuene, children – Lee (Kristan Anderson) Kinzel, II and Priscilla (Cory Hogsett) Kinzel, grandchildren – Blake Anderson, Jayden Hogsett and Turner Hogsett, all of South Carolina, his mother – Priscilla Dudeck-Kinzell of New Athens, siblings – Todd (Tammy Seago) Kinzel of Marissa and Dawn (Mark) Kinzel-Zapfe of Mascoutah. He is also survived by many nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and his cat – Scooter.
Per his wishes, Lee was cremated.
A memorial service and interment of his ashes is being planned for later in May.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.