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Ronald David Kinsey Sr.
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In memory of
Ronald David Kinsey Sr.
Ronald David Kinsey, Sr. Palm Desert - Ronald David Kinsey, Sr., resident of Palm Desert, CA passed away on July 27, 2019. He was 87. Ron was born February 23, 1932, in the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, to Ray & Grace (Huyett) Kinsey. He was the older brother of Janice Kinsey Adams Hamilton. As a young boy, his family lived on a small farm during WWII, where he raised chickens, ducks, goats, and helped the neighbors with their crops. The times were difficult for everyone, with food and gasoline being rationed, and he learned at a young age to work hard, make good grades, and you might be fortunate enough to get to college. His ambition was to be a Navy pilot, or a Sea Bee to design & construct buildings, and someday own a soft top sports car. He graduated in 1949 from Reading High School with high honors, and as the class Vice President. From 1949-1951, Ron served in the Navy Reserve and participated in the U.S. Naval Academy summer cruises. Ron's hard work paid off, graduating from Penn State in June, 1953 with a degree in Civil Engineering. From there, he went to work for Linde Air Products in Tonawanda, NY as a structural engineer, General Dynamics / Astronautics at Sheppard Air Force Base, Convair Astronautics at Edwards Rocket Base, and Walker AFB in Roswell, NM as the Launch Group Chief with responsibility for four Atlas Missile Silos. Ron had met his wife, Margaret Yvonne Corwin at Vandenburg AFB in California, and were married November 22, 1960. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, taking care of their dogs, and inviting friends and co-workers over every week to watch "Yogi Bear" and "Flintstones" cartoons. Ron and Yvonne also began their own company, working in resource recovery and waste management in Cupertino, CA decades before recycling and resource recovery became commonplace. Together, their family grew, and he was a loving, caring father to Michael Kelley, Chetan Anam (and Mina) Kinsey, Debra (and Mike) Thomas, Dave (and Maqui) Kinsey, & Danica Salazar; grandfather to Amanda, Jeremy, Adam, Jessica (and Joey) Adrian, Julian, Wailea, Michelle, Stephanie, Justin, and Garret. Uncle to Ken Adams, Stacey Adams Beall, Steve & Terri Kett; great grandfather to Dylan and Elliana, and a Great uncle to Sean, Molly and Elizabeth. After years of hard work, and a little fun with making wine, camping, fishing, water skiing, BBQ-ing at countless block parties with the neighbors, and cheering for the Oakland Raiders, Ron and his wife finally retired to their beloved desert, where he made many new friends and participated in many groups, including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Genealogy Club, and the Sun City Singers chorus. The chorus, and especially the barbershop quartet - the Noteables, had a special place in his heart. He enjoyed the singing, the camaraderie, and the many performances he shared with them. Ron's smile could light a room, and his easy going ways are missed. He always enjoyed having fun with family and friends, and was always ready to share a good story, a good laugh, and good music. Ron would want all who knew and loved him to keep laughing and singing. And, maybe give him a toast and a smile. Ron will be interred in Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ron's memory to the Fisher House Foundation.
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Ronald David Kinsey Sr.
Ronald David Kinsey, Sr. Palm Desert - Ronald David Kinsey, Sr., resident of Palm Desert, CA passed away on July 27, 2019. He was 87. Ron was born February 23, 1932, in the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, to Ray & Grace (Huyett) Kinsey. He was the older brother of Janice Kinsey Adams Hamilton. As a young boy, his family lived on a small farm during WWII, where he raised chickens, ducks, goats, and helped the neighbors with their crops. The times were difficult for everyone, with food and gasoline being rationed, and he learned at a young age to work hard, make good grades, and you might be fortunate enough to get to college. His ambition was to be a Navy pilot, or a Sea Bee to design & construct buildings, and someday own a soft top sports car. He graduated in 1949 from Reading High School with high honors, and as the class Vice President. From 1949-1951, Ron served in the Navy Reserve and participated in the U.S. Naval Academy summer cruises. Ron's hard work paid off, graduating from Penn State in June, 1953 with a degree in Civil Engineering. From there, he went to work for Linde Air Products in Tonawanda, NY as a structural engineer, General Dynamics / Astronautics at Sheppard Air Force Base, Convair Astronautics at Edwards Rocket Base, and Walker AFB in Roswell, NM as the Launch Group Chief with responsibility for four Atlas Missile Silos. Ron had met his wife, Margaret Yvonne Corwin at Vandenburg AFB in California, and were married November 22, 1960. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, taking care of their dogs, and inviting friends and co-workers over every week to watch "Yogi Bear" and "Flintstones" cartoons. Ron and Yvonne also began their own company, working in resource recovery and waste management in Cupertino, CA decades before recycling and resource recovery became commonplace. Together, their family grew, and he was a loving, caring father to Michael Kelley, Chetan Anam (and Mina) Kinsey, Debra (and Mike) Thomas, Dave (and Maqui) Kinsey, & Danica Salazar; grandfather to Amanda, Jeremy, Adam, Jessica (and Joey) Adrian, Julian, Wailea, Michelle, Stephanie, Justin, and Garret. Uncle to Ken Adams, Stacey Adams Beall, Steve & Terri Kett; great grandfather to Dylan and Elliana, and a Great uncle to Sean, Molly and Elizabeth. After years of hard work, and a little fun with making wine, camping, fishing, water skiing, BBQ-ing at countless block parties with the neighbors, and cheering for the Oakland Raiders, Ron and his wife finally retired to their beloved desert, where he made many new friends and participated in many groups, including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Genealogy Club, and the Sun City Singers chorus. The chorus, and especially the barbershop quartet - the Noteables, had a special place in his heart. He enjoyed the singing, the camaraderie, and the many performances he shared with them. Ron's smile could light a room, and his easy going ways are missed. He always enjoyed having fun with family and friends, and was always ready to share a good story, a good laugh, and good music. Ron would want all who knew and loved him to keep laughing and singing. And, maybe give him a toast and a smile. Ron will be interred in Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ron's memory to the Fisher House Foundation.
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