Jesse L. Kinkelaar (19) of Effingham

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Published on July 17 2012 4:17 pm

Jesse L. Kinkelaar, 19, of Effingham, Illinois passed away at 9 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from injuries as a result of an ATV accident Sunday evening. He was an organ donor through the Gift of Hope program.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Effingham with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kinkelaar family to help offset expenses. Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is assisting the family with arrangements. www.bauerfh.com.

Jesse was born September 25, 1992, the son of Christopher H. and Sandra L. (Adams) Kinkelaar. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, a high school graduate and was employed at the Y Yard in Heartville. Jesse had a real passion for life. He loved life so much that he is saving other peoples lives by being an organ donor. Jesse was loved by all and loved his family and friends to the fullest. He had a heart of gold and to see Jesse was to see a smile of life. Jesse's friends described him as an avid outdoorsman, an animal lover, adventurous and a jokester; but most of all, just fun to be with. He absolutely loved his job at the Y-Yard and did not consider it a job because he loved going to work every day. His goal was to own the Y-Yard one day.

Jesse is survived by his parents, Chris and Sandy Kinkelaar of Effingham; sister, Jennifer Kinnkelaar of Effingham; grandparents, Wilbert and Patricia Kinkelaar of Effingham; aunts and uncles, Pam (husband Mark) Jennings, Amy (husband Ron) Apke, Tony (wife Elaine) Kinkelaar, Steve (wife Vivian) Kinkelaar, Keith (wife Jane) Kinkelaar, Eric (wife Alice) Kinkelaar, Karla (husband Joe) Hicks, and Jon (wife Abby) Kinkelaar; many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Barbara (Feuerborn) Adams.