Tricounty News

Robert 'Porkchop' Kinsel, 82

Robert Kinsel of Hopkins, formerly of Willmar, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. He was 82. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Friendship Church, in Shakopee. Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Robert Melvin Kinsel was born July 29, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., to Joseph and Mary (Johnson) Kinsel. He grew up and received his education in Detroit and served in the U.S. Army overseas in the Pacific from 1943-1946. Following his discharge, he moved to the Kimball area and played semi-pro baseball for several area town teams, receiving the nickname "Porkchop Kinsel". He married Erma M. Oberg June 14, 1952, in Kingston and they lived in Sauk Centre, later moving to Willmar. He was employed with Northwestern Bell for more than 26 years, retiring in 1982. Following the death of his wife Erma in 1993, Robert spent many winters in Arizona and summers on Lake Mille Lacs. He was a past member of Bethel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping and traveling. He was also an avid baseball fan. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and one sister. Robert is survived by children Lynn (and Larry) Schwartz of Loretto and Craig (and Kelly) Kinsel of Shakopee; grandchildren Lukas and Jordan Kinsel, and   Travis and Rachel Schwartz; and other relatives and friends.