James F. "Jim" Kinkelaar (82) of Effingham


Published on September 6 2012 11:22 am

James F. "Jim" Kinkelaar, 82, of Effingham died Wednesday evening at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

A memorial mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham with visiting hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be a Knights of Columbus rosary at 12:30 p.m. before the memorial mass. Mr. Kinkelaar’s body will be donated for scientific and anatomical study according to his wishes. His family has requested that memorials be made to Catholic Charities or the Booster Clubs of St. Anthony and Effingham High Schools. Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is assisting the family with arrangements. www.bauerfh.com.

Jim was born September 17, 1929 in Effingham, the son of Andrew and Philomena (Bloemer) Kinkelaar. He grew up near the Green Creek area, attending the Bull Flat grade school and later attended St. Anthony High School. After high school, Mr. Kinkelaar joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the military post office in Germany during the Korean War. Upon returning home, Jim worked for W.G. Best as a general office manager for 27 years, where he met and married Carolyn Carter. He then managed the K-Party House for many years, spending the remainder of his working years assisting Catholic Charities and retiring at age 76. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham, Effingham Knights of Columbus Council #665, St. Anthony Booster Club and American Legion Post #120. Mr. Kinkelaar loved golf and was a member of the Effingham Country Club for many years until his health no longer permitted.  Jim was also an avid supporter of the local athletic organizations.

Jim is survived by his children, Michael Kinkelaar of San Diego, California, Penny Meyer and Kay (Paul) Koerner, both of Effingham and Lee Ann Kinkelaar of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Lauren Boismier, Alexandra Meyer, Jordan, Claire and Kit Koerner; siblings, Wilbert (Pat), Paul (Judy), Betty A. Brown, Jean (Janice), all of Effingham and Danny (Eileen) of Witt; brother-in-law, Gene Runde of Teutopolis; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard, sister Lenora and infant siblings, Anna Marie and Andrew; brother-in-law, Ron Brown; nephew, Phil Kinkelaar; niece, Kelly Brown; great-niece, Cody Brannon and great-nephew, Jesse Kinkelaar.