John William Kinsinger passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, while flying on a rescue mission to collect a disabled dog and transport it to a new home. Bill, as he was known, loved rescuing dogs and flying his airplanes. His final day was spent doing two of the things he was most passionate about.
Bill was born on May 31, 1962, in Oklahoma City to Dr. Ralph Raymond Kinsinger Jr. and Patricia Ann Kinsinger. He graduated from Ponca City High School in 1980, where he was a letterman on the varsity golf team. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and graduated cum laude in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. At Westminster, he was a member of the Alpha Delta chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was also a member of Alpha Chi National Scholastic Honorary Society, a member of Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society, played on the Westminster Blue Jay golf team and won the CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma in 1988; completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas in 1993, where he served as chief resident. In 1993, he received the Robert D. Dripps M.D. Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding resident in anesthesiology. He received his board certification from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1988 and from the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1995. He served as a staff anesthesiologist at various hospitals beginning in 1994, including Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he served from 2004 until his passing. He assisted in delivering more than 25,000 newborns over the course of his career.
He was an active member of St. Eugene Catholic Church and School in Oklahoma City; a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 29; a volunteer pilot for multiple animal rescue organizations, including Pilots N Paws and a longtime supporter of many charitable organizations, including Special Olympics, Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Wounded Warrior Project and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He was an avid reader and even published two works of his own: “Medical Qualification of Sport Scuba Divers” in The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society and “Chiropractic at Florida State University: An Account of an Unsuccessful Attempt of Association” in Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine. He was also the inventor of United States Patent 5,623,921 entitled “Laryngeal Mask Airway and Method for Its Use.”
He was an outspoken critic of some controversial chiropractic procedures and advocated for victims of chiropractic malfeasance. He considered it a badge of honor when he was named “Chiropractic Enemy Number One” in August 2005 by the most widely circulated chiropractic periodical in the world. He was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists; Oklahoma State Medical Association; Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists, where he served as president on multiple occasions and the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He served as assistant clinical professor at both the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. He was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision in July 2011, where he served as vice president in 2013 and president in 2014. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He loved life and was passionate about everything he did. His greatest joys were his two sons, Jake and Joe and together they enjoyed hiking, hunting, camping, flying, boating, wakeboarding, surfing and diving. He traveled extensively, but his favorite place in the world was Lake Tenkiller in the Cookson Hills of Oklahoma. He spent much of his time there with his two sons as well as his wife, Kerri Lee, whom he married on March 25, 2017, on the white sands of Rosemary Beach, Fla.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kerri; his mother, Ann; his sons, Jacob and Joseph; his stepchildren, Willa and Jagger; his brother, David and wife Angela; his brother, Tracy and wife Ashley and his nieces and nephews, Abby, Alex, Amelia, Olivia and Benjamin. He is preceded in death by his father and his brother Timothy.
A memorial service will be held at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Honorary casket bearers will be, Brian Meggers, Mike McGinnis, Jamie Stevenson, Jim Elliott, Mike Dimond, Douglas Beck, Tim McGraw and Blake Reuter.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pilots N Paws (or any other registered animal rescue organizations), St. Eugene Catholic Church, Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior Project.