Earl Raymond Kinley III, 55, Eagan
Earl Raymond Kinley III, age 55, of Eagan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at United Hospital in St. Paul on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Earl struggled with his health for many years and is now pain free and with the Lord.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at Lake Harriet Christian Church in Minneapolis (5009 Beard Ave S) with Rev. Tamara Rottschaefer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Earl, known by many as Ray, was born on Aug. 27, 1960 to Earl R. Kinley Jr. and Anne (Daulton) Kinley-Miller in Cincinnati, Ohio. Earl was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and Richfield, Minnesota. Earl attended Breck High School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. After he graduated in 1980 he went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 1994.
On June 7, 1986, Earl married the love of his life Karen (Slavotinek) Kinley. They lived in Eagan, Minnesota all of their married life. Earl worked for Cargill in Minnetonka, Minnesota for several years before his health forced him to take permanent disability.
Earl had a very strong faith and could often be seen reading one of his many bibles. Earl enjoyed many hobbies over the years including golf, photography, art, reading, listening to music, making model railroads and especially enjoyed watching sports. His favorite sports team was the Minnesota Wild.
On top of all of those hobbies, Earl especially loved spending time with his two daughters, Rachel and Shannon, wife Karen, his sheltie Prince and bunnies Nigel and Mustang.
Earl is survived by his wife of 29 years, Karen of Eagan, his two daughters, Shannon (Kinley) Granholm and her husband Patrick of West Concord and Rachel of Eagan; sister Carol and her husband Bill Walter of Eagan; nieces Charlene and her husband Mick Dudero, Hannah Walter and nephew Geoffrey Walter.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents.
Earl was an incredibly strong man and showed others how to persevere even when times got tough. He will always be remembered as a fighter and will be greatly missed by many.
Arrangements were made by the family. Memorials and condolences are preferred to the family or charity of choice.