Kevin J. Hollensteiner


Kevin J. Hollensteiner, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on March 16, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Born in Quincy on June 11, 1956, to John A. Hollensteiner and Anna Mae Willer, Kevin’s life was a testament to the joy and love he brought to those around him.

Kevin’s journey began in the town where he would leave an indelible mark. On November 13, 1982, he married his beloved wife, Michelle K. Wombles, in a ceremony that celebrated their enduring love. Together, they built a life filled with laughter, support, and mutual respect. Michelle survives him, carrying forward the legacy of their love.

The proud father of three, Kevin’s legacy continues through his children, Ashley Meyer (Tanner) of Quincy, Adam Hollensteiner (Jessica) of Quincy, and Shawn Miller (Marsha) of Midland, TX. His eight grandchildren, Ali, Sydney, Savannah, Grayson, Aubree, Devon, Nathaniel, and Shawnna will remember him as a grandfather who cheered the loudest, loved the deepest, and always had a story to share.

Kevin’s large family was a source of great joy for him. He is survived by his eleven siblings, Patty Mitchell (Warren), Dan Hollensteiner (Leanne), Mike Hollensteiner (Cheryl), Joe Hollensteiner (Cathy), Joyce Mast (Ron), Steve Hollensteiner (Jodee), Laurie Duesterhaus (Alan), Bruce Hollensteiner (Debbie), Julie Thomas (Bruce), Jane Jibben (Matt), and Missy Carstens (Craig), along with numerous nieces and nephews who will miss his generous spirit and infectious laughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Brian, his in-laws Harry and Gerry Wombles, and his sister-in-law Jill Richmiller and her husband Terry.

For 37 years, Kevin dedicated himself to his work as a Route Salesman for Sun Beam Bread Company, where his friendly demeanor and reliable service were appreciated by all. He also shared his culinary talents as a prep cook for JJ’s Catering and served the community as a cafeteria server at St. Peter School. He was catholic by faith and was a member of St. Peter Church.

Kevin’s interests were as varied as they were passionate. He was an avid softball player, known for his skill as a catcher in the men’s league for Merkels. His love for bowling saw him frequenting Turner Hall, and for a cold beverage you could often find him at Mr. Bills or State Street Bar. A green thumb, Kevin took pleasure in gardening, sharing the bounty of green beans and tomatoes with neighbors and family. His culinary skills extended beyond the garden; he was renowned for his delicious pork steak and pot roast with potatoes and carrots.

A man of simple pleasures, Kevin found joy in watching old westerns like “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza,” and his love for country music was a constant in his life. His adventurous spirit led him to the slot machines in LaGrange and the bright lights of Las Vegas. He cherished the opportunity to travel with friends to places like New Orleans, Biloxi, and Oklahoma.

Above all, Kevin was a family man. He cherished the time spent with his loved ones, especially supporting his grandchildren at various sporting events at QHS and QND. His presence was a source of encouragement and pride, and his boisterous cheers will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Kevin’s legacy is one of love, generosity, and spirit. His light will continue to shine in the hearts of his family and friends forever.
Friends and Family are invited to Kevin’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Friday, March 22, 2024, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL. A prayer service will directly follow at 6:00 pm with Pastor Kory Hollensteiner and Pastor John Mitchell officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the QMG Healthcare Foundation or the Blessing Foundation.

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