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Leslie 'Les' Kinsey


March 22, 2018

Leslie ‘Les’ Robert Kinsey, 72, formerly of Ryegate, Bridger, Roundup and Billings, Mont., passed away of natural causes on March 18, 2018, at Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness, Thermopolis, Wyo., where he had been a resident the past three years.

The oldest of five children, Les was born October 30, 1945, to Robert and Fay (Durham) Kinsey of Ryegate. Les was born in Bozeman, Mont., as there was a polio outbreak in Billings at the time, and mom’s obstetrician, Dr. Maude Gerdes, felt it would be safer for both Mom and her new baby in Bozeman. Sadly he was born with cerebral palsy.

Les attended Pine Island country school in the Big Coulee at Ryegate, and later graduated from Bridger High School. He lived in Roundup and Billings most of his adult years.

Les is survived by his brother, Lyle of Billings; sisters, Suzan Kinsey of Thermopolis, and Deb Anderson, Forsyth, Mont.; aunts, Mary Lou (Durl) Heiken of Bridger, and Imogene Wrzesinski of Othello, Wash.; and niece and co-guardian Kathy (Basil) Sorensen, Thermopolis; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; stepfathers, Don Claus and Ted Hoffman; brother, Dave Kinsey; sisters-in-law Ginger Kinsey and Rebecca Kinsey; and mother, Fay Hoffman.

Arrangements are being handled by Billings Cremation and Funeral Gallery. No services are planned at this time.


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