Ronald Kintup

Ronald L. Kintup

Tuesday, October 24th, 1933 - Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Ronald L. Kintup, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 11:30AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 10:30AM until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 66675-8516. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Ron was born on October 24, 1933, to William & Genevive (LaVanway) Kintup in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School before entering in the United States Army. After he was honorably discharged, Ron married the love of his life Jesslyn Marks on August 15, 1964, in Coloma. Ron worked as a Truck Driver for over 38 years before retirement. He then enjoyed traveling with his wife across the United States and Europe. Ron was a knowledgeable man who enjoyed talking with people.

Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jesslyn Kintup; children, Ron (Karen) Kintup of St. Joseph, Julie Ann (Rick Sadler) Bryant of Marshall, MI and Jeffrey Kintup of North Carolina; grandchildren, Taylor (Josh) Leach, Travis (Hannah) Williams and two great-grandchildren; sister Sylvia Arndt of Eau Claire and Barbara (Art) Scherer of Watervliet; and sister and brother in-law Patricia (Kaye) Knight of St. Joseph; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and brother William Kintup.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 11:30am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial contributions may be made to Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 66675-8516.


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Private Condolence

Carol McLarty

Posted at 09:30pm
Jesselyn, Ron and Family-I am so sorry about your loss. I have great memories of our "Kids" and School-you on Oakridge and us on Wedgewood. Know that I am praying and thinking of you-Carol McLarty, (Nahikian)

Jon Luke LaVanway

Posted at 10:29am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kintup family during this time of grieving and memories. It's hard to believe so few remain of the LaVanway cousins of this generation.. My dad, Gordon, always enjoyed his talks with his cousin Ron at family gatherings. I too, as a second cousin, enjoyed my visits with Ron when we were at family functions or a happenstance meeting while shopping in the St. Joseph area. Ron especially made an impression on my wife, Anita, with his friendly personality and his height. May God bless Ron and his family.

Arthur C. Lunt

Posted at 10:30pm
Ron was one of our "Michigan cousins," as we call them. He was one of the friendliest and most hospitable men one could ever hope to meet. And, he was very direct and down to earth--he told it like he saw it! I will always have fond memories of him. My love and sympathy to all the other family and friends he has left behind him--especially to Jess, his wife, Ron Jr., and Julie.

Gregg Agens

Posted at 07:20am
I still remember the first time I meet Ron. I must have been all of 8 years old when this tall, good looking and confident guy comes to my parent’s home with my Aunt Jessie. He made a big impression then and always has. Two things I remember that i believe are very unique to my Uncle Ron. First, his quick wit. He was very funny and shared his observations and insights in a way that had us all laughing-a great story teller. It is not lost on me that someone with such a quick wit and sharp observations has to be very smart. Second, his interest in investing. Again, his intellect and common sense lead him to some special insights on what stocks to buy. I remember that during the Carter gas crisis Uncle Ron was an early investor in a company that made plastic gas containers—no doubt he made a killing.
But mostly I am grateful that Uncle Ron was a great husband and companion to my Aunt Jessie. Individually special, but even more special together.
Thanks for everything, you are missed.
Gregg Agens

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