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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
Paul Kinsey

Paul LaMar Kinsey

Monday, August 16th, 1926 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Paul LaMar Kinsey Sr. - age 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Maine Veteran's Home in Augusta due to complications of congestive heart failure, COPD and dementia.
Paul was born in Warsaw, Indiana to William L and Marian (Roose) Kinsey. He was the oldest boy in a family of eight children and grew up on their "working" farms.
In 1943, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the US NAVY to serve his country during WWII.
As a "seaman first class", Paul was assigned as first loader of a 40 mm weapon aboard the USS LSM - 148 Amphibious Forces in the South Pacific, which earned five battle stars for its World War II service. After numerous missions, the ship returned home safely in 1946 with no casualties. However, in 1945 at the close of the war, they did encounter Typhoon "Louise" that nearly wiped them out and required drydocking for repairs. The typhoon seriously damaged and sunk many U.S. ships, destroyed most of the island’s military facilities on Okinawa, and killed & seriously injured many - with others missing. Imagine making it through a brutal war and then wondering if you will make it through a storm. His shared memories and experiences are akin to having our own family's living, breathing history book of true events and survival.
If I may - just one of Paul's many WWII happenings ... "Jap planes were flying overhead and we couldn't get our weapon to fire. When the attack was over, the Skipper asked - "WHY" - I told him it appeared to be a loading problem and he had me investigate further. After taking the weapon apart, I saw that the "gunner's mate", who is responsible to know every weapon on the ship, had put one of the parts together improperly. I was trained stateside in Virginia Beach, VA how to assemble the 40 mm weapon while blindfolded - no problem! After that, the Skipper said no one messes with that weapon again but Paul! On a final note - it's a blessing that the weapon didn't fire because the Jap planes passed us right over as they were attacking those ships firing at them."
Following his US NAVY discharge in 1946, he drove bus for his Dad at the Kinsey Coach Line, joined the US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD (1950 - 1953) and worked for USGS in Alaska surveying & mapping. On his way to becoming self-employed, Paul built grain mills & feed silos in Indiana, Connecticut and Maine thru the 60's into the 70's. In the mid 70's he opened an aluminum truck cap enterprise in Sidney Maine operating into the 80's. He then went to work for Cianbro Corporation in Pittsfield ME as a Millwright / Rigger / Supervisor working several projects from hydroelectric dams, paper mill refurbishments, compressed gas plants and bridge construction. Later in his career with Cianbro he ventured into the field as a job site safety supervisor/manager. He worked in this capacity until his retirement for health reasons in the late 80's. Upon retiring, he and his wife, Ruby, spent many enjoyable relaxing years with family & friends while dividing their time between Florida, North Carolina and Maine (Rockwood / Moosehead Lake).
Paul loved NASCAR racing! Carl Edwards and Joey Langano were his recent favorite drivers. While living in Connecticut in the 1960's, he owned and raced NASCAR modified series cars with friend Marshall Smith; racing primarily in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Former Daytona 500 winner, Pete Hamilton, once drove one of their cars.
Also, while living in Connecticut, he dedicated a few years as a Little League baseball coach in the 60's for his son's baseball team and continued his support into the 70's assisting with different levels of baseball activities.
Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved being "up north" with the guys. He attended many seasons of Maine moose hunts in the North Maine Woods with family and friends - sometimes as the "in camp" cook & dog sitter and other times scouting. At the ripe old age of 87 in 2013, he finally scored a moose permit. He happily accepted the challenge and bagged himself a respectable 16 point bull! He also spent many summers fishing Moosehead Lake with his good buddy, Noel (Clem) Vigue ... LOTS of stories to tell there. Haha! They were fondly known as the "Grumpy Old Men".
Paul was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruby Marie Hale Kinsey, in 2010, son Gary Lee in 2006, parents Bill & Marian, two brothers Richard & John and three sisters Katie, Maxine & Patricia.
He is survived by daughters Paula Sue (Robert) Preston of Clearwater FL, Rita Kay (Robert / Whipper) Wheelock of Augusta ME, son Paul LaMar (Lisa) Kinsey of Angier NC, grandsons Brian (Krista) Preston and Jon Paul Preston of Show Low AZ, Bobby (Sarah Rae) Wheelock and Damon Wheelock of Augusta ME, Wesley Kinsey of Angier NC, Taylor Kinsey of Durham NC, Christopher Kinsey of Elkhart IN, granddaughter Holly (Charlie) Plourde of Vassalboro ME, great grandchildren Jeremy (Maddie) Preston-Banks of Brooksville FL (twins expected in July for a couple more great greats), Felicia (Brad) Mead of Pinellas Park FL, Anthony (Chelcie) Preston of Pinetop AZ, Alexander Preston of Show Low AZ, Amani Yin Plourde of Vassalboro ME, great great grandchildren Zoey Mead of Pinellas Park FL, AndeLynn, Allison, and Aubree Preston of Pinetop AZ, brother Larry (Linda) Kinsey of North Webster IN, sister Cynthia Hamilton of Newport TN and many nieces and nephews.
We are very blessed to have been able to care for and enjoy this great man at home until his final weeks. He wore a great many hats ... son, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, father, grandfather (Papa), friend and Veteran. Paul cared deeply for his country, his family and friends; he had a very beautiful, kind and generous soul.
We are forever grateful to the faithful loving care he received at Maine Veteran's Home during his final days. We praise TOGUS VA for the outstanding care he received for countless years. We offer many thanks to MaineGeneral in Augusta, ME, MaineHealth in Portland ME, Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville ME and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor ME for his excellent care during his times of hospitalization and healing.
A private family viewing will be at Plummer Funeral Home in Augusta followed by a graveside service at Kling Cemetery. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at a later date with military honors when public health concerns have been erased and family and friends can safely gather to toast the remarkable life of this man who will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation in Paul's memory to:
Alzheimer's Association. Or just do something wonderful to encourage another - Paul would love that!
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    Augusta, ME 04330
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Jessica Blakr

Posted at 12:18pm
There are some people that touch the lives of others in a positive, caring and kind way. I feel so very fortunate to have known Mr. KINSEY! Paul’s caring heart came easy to him and he was Easy to love... he enjoyed helping others, encouraging others and being kind and thoughtful....his wonderful way of showing support and love will be forever with me. Some of my greatest memories....being up to “camp” with the family... sitting on the dock chatting and laughing, playing cards with Paul, Aunt Helen and Nana (a.k.a. Patty Havey), going for walks and enjoying the talks... Jokes, going out to breakfast and taking a drive, family camp dinners and smiles!!! God, he had a great smile, his good energy was contagious. You see I always felt Like I was one of Paul’s family, even though technically only by marriage. After my grandfather (Who I loved so) passed away, Paul hugged me and said, “I’ll be your back up grandfather kiddo!” I don’t know what I did to deserve Paul’s love but I was grateful for it. I was always so happy to see him as he always made me smile. Can’t remember exactly how he used to say it but he used to say, “ I don’t smoke, drink, curse or hang around women who do”...If someone knows the exact words please tell me because I’ve been struggling to remember just how he used to say it. I loved his stories, he had such an array and I wish I had heard more of them... Some people set a good example of how you should be, how you should love, how you should help and treat others... Integrity is not what you do while people are watching, integrity is what you do when no one is watching and Paul had more Integrity than anyone I know. I will miss him immensely and wish we had had more time together... much love to your family Mr. KINSEY!
Thank you for Choosing to be a part of my life and encouraging me Grandpa! Love, Jess Oxo

Rita Wheelock Posted at 07:19am

I don't drink,smoke or chew - or run around with women who do. LOL! One of his favorites that he would always answer with when asked by medical personel if he smoked. He thought the world of you Jessie and so enjoyed spending time with you all @ camp - playing cards, etc. Thank you & your family for spending time with him; it certainly made his life less lonely. Thank you for the kind words.

Rita Wheelock

Posted at 11:28am
Today we said our goodbyes, Dear Dad.
Thank You for always being my HERO and my biggest fan!
I love you ... You will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace - Love, Rita

Jessica Blakr Posted at 12:29pm

Aunt Rita Thank you for sharing your Dad with us and I’ll these years! Love you! ❤️Jess

Jessica Blakr Posted at 12:29pm

Aunt Rita Thank you for sharing your Dad with us and I’ll these years! Love you! ❤️Jess

Abby d'Ambruoso

Posted at 09:34pm
Looking at these pictures, I just hear his laugh. I am so thankful I got to meet Uncle Paul in these last few years. My kids (his great-great nephew and niece) August and Greta remember watching NASCAR races with him. And I am so grateful that I got to visit him in the hospital last year when he was in Portland. He was so down about being in the hospital, but he cheered right up when we talked about family, especially his daughter Rita. It was great to hear family stories from him, especially about his siblings. I am looking forward to the time when we can get together to give thanks for his life. Until then, we'll be remembering Uncle Paul and praying for everyone who misses him.

Rita Wheelock Posted at 05:05pm

Thank you, Abby! We are looking forward to a HUGE celebration of life asap!

Jody Castonguay

Posted at 02:35pm
I am so truly sorry for you and your families loss! He was such a wonderful, caring and compassionate man! He will be greatly missed by so many people! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers please take care! And Samantha says hello and she’s thinking of you and the family as well!

Rita Wheelock Posted at 05:06pm

Thank you, Jody! A hello and thank you to Samantha too!

Holly Plourde

Posted at 07:28pm
We will miss our papa. Amani said he was an excellent patient as he was always so easy going as he received many (check ups ) ;)

Rita Wheelock Posted at 05:06pm

Papa & Amani definitely had a connection!

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