Ralph Kinzel, 72, an Oak Park resident, died peacefully on Dec. 24, 2018 after suffering from a number of illnesses for many years. 

He is survived by his wife, Merry (nee Skelton); his sons, James and Lawrence; his stepson, Christopher Teter; his grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Amber, Alyssa and Nicholas; his great-grandson, Daniel; his siblings, Steven (Lynn) and Marjory (Manuel) Ayala; many nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends. 

Burial will be private and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Forest Park’s Woodlawn Funeral Home. 

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