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Stephen M. Kinsey, age 43, of Toledo, Ohio took his final and most incredible journey to the arms of his Savior on October 5, 2012, led by Donna Kinsey his beloved sister-in-law who preceded him in death. Until the end, he believed he would be healed from liver cancer and go on to help and heal others. He accomplished the ultimate healing and his legacy of love lives on in his son Brandon. He is survived by his father, David Kinsey; mother, Carol and stepfather, Stephen Rutz; brother, Brett (Dotty)Kinsey; sister, Heather (Bill) Doom; beloved nieces, Taylor and Lexi, and stepbrother, Stephen (Aimee) Rutz. His enduring love for the mother of his child, Julie Kinsey and friend Tom Stamos was an inspiration to us all.
Steve attended Whitmer and Bedford High Schools and became a registered polysomnagraph technician. His passion for film making and acting broadened his circle of friends and brought him endless hours of joy.
His loved ones will miss his irresistible smile and his way of telling them something he new would upset them and then say, "Aw, I'm just pullin your lariat." Steve marched to the beat of his own drummer. He didn't care what other people said. He had integrity. Death cannot destroy his sweet, shining soul.
Donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, 1640 Smith Rd. (at Jackman) Temperance, MI, where a tribute to his life will follow at 2:00 p.m. His final gift and wish was to donate his body to the University of Michigan so the study of his rare diseases might bring knowledge, healing and life to others.
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 10, 2012