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Richard “Dick” Kinsey of Chelsea was born on July 10, 1924 in Chelsea, MI. He was the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Thompson) Kinsey and the youngest of four siblings, Matt, Peg and Tom.

Dick’s mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by his immigrant father and his 14-years-older sister Ivy M. “Peg” (Kinsey) Pierce during “the Great Depression.”

Dick was a 1942 graduate of Chelsea High School and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations with the 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division from Omaha Beach on D+3 through the Battle of St. Lo. He was severely wounded in combat operations in Normandy on August 17, 1944 and may have been one of the first soldiers medically evacuated by aircraft back to England.

After returning from the war he met the love of his life, Ileen Fay (Loeffler) Kinsey who he married in 1947 and remained married until her death in 2014. Dick and Ileen moved to Ann Arbor and had three children Karna, Kathy and Rich.

Dick was always on the move, a worker and a saver. He began working in onion marshes north of Chelsea at about 10 years old and held various jobs until finding a job he loved selling beer for O and W Inc. There he was a beer truck driver/salesman for 17 years and rose to Sales Manager for the rest of his 36-year career. Dick loved people and found his niche selling beer.

In later life, he loved vacationing with his wife Ileen and spending time with his family at his home on North Lake. If you ever went to dinner with this tough old WWII vet with a heart of gold, you were in for a fight if you tried to pick up the tab. He loved to eat, drink and be merry virtually until the day he died. He would not, however, play bingo!

Cremation has taken place and a family memorial will be planned for a later date.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

The family urges well-wishers to enjoy time with their families, give to the charity of their choice and raise a glass to the man who will be remembered by his family as the Greatest of the “Greatest Generation.”

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