Ralph H. Kinzinger, 92, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of New Athens, IL, born October 19, 1929, in New Athens TWP, passed away peacefully in the early morning Tuesday April 5, 2022. Mr. Kinzinger was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked at TWA for 30 years. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, where he began attending Sunday school from childhood onward, was a high school Sunday school teacher for many years, was a member of the church board and had served as president and was on the committee who built the educational building. Additionally, he was a member of the National Farmers Organization (NFO), 4H leader and member for many years, Sanitation Milk Producers Regional Board member, St. Clair County Dairy Herd Improvement Association member for many years and a St. Clair County Soil Conservation Board member for 6 years.
Mr. Kinzinger was preceded in death by his parents – Rolland and Clara (Sturm) Kinzinger, his beloved wife – the former Vera Hofmeister, whom he married in New Athens in 1953 and who passed away on September 12, 2020, two brothers – LaVerne and Norman Kinzinger and his sister – Loretta Hammond.
Ralph is survived by his children – daughter; Rita (Neil) LaVanchy of Cape Girardeau, MO, Rita’s daughter; Megan (Landrew) Woolworth and their children; Emmaline and Adelaine, Rita’s daughter; Monica (Aaron) Smith and their son – Roland Smith, and Rita’s son; Micah (Amelia) LaVanchy and their daughter Eliza, son; Randy (Brenda) Kinzinger of New Athens and their children; Ryan (Jamie) Kinzinger and children; Reed and Rhen, and Randy and Brenda’s other children; Rachel Kinzinger, Renee (Rhett) Stolte and Riley Kinzinger, daughter; Ruth Schneider of Freeburg and her two daughters; Cassie (Joshua) Bradley and Jessica (Sebastian) Rollen, daughter; Rhonda (John) Morse of Belleville, son; Russell (Angie) Kinzinger of Freeburg and their children; Erin (Taylor) Wylie and their sons Joel and Miles and their other children; Audrey, Lauren, Caleb, Samuel, Joshua, Jeremy and Jason Kinzinger; son; Rodney (Cindy) Kinzinger of Smithton, IL and their daughter Jennifer (Brett) Mueth and their children; Allicyn, Evan and Owen son; Michael (Rachel) Frede and their children; Jackson, Ellie and Leo; Daughter; Michelle Kinzinger, daughter Nicole Kinzinger and son Nathan Kinzinger. Ralph is also survived by his brother – Cletus Kinzinger of New Athens.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL.
Visitation: Friends and family will be gathering from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday April 8, 2022, and again from 10 to 11 a.m, on Saturday April 9, 2022, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m, on Saturday April 9, 2022, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.