Second slain bailiff to be laid to rest Monday

An undated courtesy photo of Ronald Kienzle

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — Ronald Kienzle, the second of two bailiffs killed in the Berrien County courthouse shooting, will be laid to rest Monday.

Kienzle and fellow bailiff Joseph Zangaro were fatally shot by defendant Larry Gordon, who disarmed and shot Berrien County Deputy James Atterberry Jr. outside a third floor courtroom before the killings. Kienzle, who was remembered by a friend as a “gentle giant,” died saving a woman’s life, according to his brother.

Visitation for Kienzle will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center and Upton Center in Benton Harbor. A grave site service will take place immediately following the funeral at Crystal Springs Cemetery on Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor.

Authorities say there are several roads that will be closed leading up to and during the funeral, including:

  • Yore Avenue between Empire and Napier Avenues (closed to all traffic for parking of vehicles for the funeral service) from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
  • Crystal Avenue between Empire and Napier avenues (residential and business traffic access only) between 2 and 4 p.m.
  • Outside westbound lane of Napier Avenue between Yore Avenue and Pipestone Road between 1:30 and approximately 4 p.m.
  • I-94 exit ramps to Napier Avenue (exit 30) from 1:30 to approximately 4 p.m. Westbound drivers will be detoured to the I-94 Business Loop (Main Street, exit 33) exit. Eastbound drivers will exit at Pipestone Road (exit 29).

In addition, authorities are asking drivers on the northbound US-31 bypass to eastbound I-94 to exit at Sodus Parkway (exit 24) to get to eastbound I-94 at Pipestone Road.



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