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Kevin Edel, Jr.

July 15, 1996 — November 19, 2020

Ft. Myers, FL/Milaca, MN

Kevin Edel, Jr.

Kevin Leon Edel, Jr., age 24, formerly of Milaca, Minnesota, and current resident of Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away with his family at his side on Thursday November 19, 2020, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Kevin was born on July 15, 1996, in Olean, NY, to Kevin and Amy (Collingwood) Edel.

Kevin enlisted in the US. Army National Guard in 2014 when he turned age 17, and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri during the summer of 2014. Kevin graduated from Milaca High School in 2015.

Kevin loved to spend time with family and friends and enjoyed Bro’s night with the boys. He also enjoyed fishing, 4-H softball, bowling, playing pool, skiing, video gaming, family game night, and playing foosball with his dad. He enjoyed listening to music and of course making people laugh. Kevin fell in love with Ft. Myers beach, its beautiful sunsets, and listening to the live entertainment with his friends at Mango Rita’s.

Kevin is lovingly survived by his mother and father, Amy and Kevin; his two sisters: Erica and Cheyanna; his grandmother, Rose Collingwood; aunts and uncles: Donna and Dennis Burns, and Kathleen Collingwood Reed; cousins: John Collingwood Jr., Anna (Collingwood) Armstrong, Emma and Alicia Timblin, Kaire (Burns) Zimmerman, Jeff Burns, Joseph Burns, Gina (Orlikowski) Rippentrop, Sean Orlikowski, Kacy (Orlikowski) Hendricks, and several great-aunts and great-uncles. Kevin is also survived by his extended family members; brother and best friend, Joel Ransom; and sister Colette Ransom; and so many friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leon P. Edel and Edward (Butch) Collingwood; his grandmother: Cecelia Edel; and his uncles: Gerald, Dennis, and Thomas Orlikowski; and John Collingwood, Sr.

Kevin chose to be an organ donor after seeing his uncle Denny receive two lungs in 1998 which gave him 21 more beautiful years of life. Kevin wanted others to have a second chance at life. Kevin donated his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and eyes with the help of Life Link and the many surgeons that made this possible. We are so proud of Kevin for choosing to give the gift of life, knowing that parts of Kevin will live on in others, warms our hearts!

A celebration of his life is being planned for next summer around Kevin's birthday, July 15.

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