William “Bill” J. Kinnell Jr., 85, of Westerville, Ohio, went to be with his Savior on May 11, 2018 at the St. Ann’s Hospital.
Bill was born on December 31, 1932 in Delaware, Ohio to William & Elizabeth Miller Kinnell. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, graduating from North High School in 1951. While serving in the Army at Fort Lewis, WA, he met and married Arlene Bell of Buhl, Idaho. Upon returning to Columbus, he started a 35-year career with Ohio Bell Telephone and began raising his family. While in his thirties, Bill discovered his God given ability to sing, eventually developing a beautiful Baritone voice. He and Arlene spent many years singing in church choirs and at local events. At the age of 36 Bill became a Christian, and soon busied himself with serving other men; discipling them to grow in the faith and become better husbands and fathers. Bill’s favorite hobbies included fishing and golf.
Bill was known as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was marked by his sense of humor, and his sincere love of people. Bill never knew a stranger.
Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Arlene Bell Kinnell; Sister, Sarah (Walt) Schilg; and Brother, Thomas (Artis) Kinnell. He was proceeded in death by his parents; William J. Kinnell, Sr. & Elizabeth F. Miller; step-mother Betty Bailey Kinnell and brother Don Flickinger. Bill has three children; Brad (Diane) Kinnell of Magnolia, TX; Jeff (Heidi) Kinnell of Westerville, OH; and Cheryl (George) Popyak of Powell, OH.
Six Grandchildren; Erin (Micah) Huffman, Megan (Sean) Kinnell-Dooley, Ashley (Casey) Schillinger, Britney Andrews, Nichole (Ryan) Radecki, and Curtis Kinnell. And additionally blessed with seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at Karl Road Baptist Church, 5750 Karl Rd, Columbus, OH 43229 on Friday, May 18th at 11 A.M. Visitation with the family will be start 1 hour prior to the service
Any monetary remembrances can be made to: Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, www.samaritanspurse.org