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An Evansville city attorney who was a longtime municipal advisor and considered an expert in that area of the law has died.

Kevin Wayne Winternheimer, 52, died Tuesday night after a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by the mayor's office Wednesday afternoon. He had served as a legal advisor to four mayors - both Democrat and Republican, six corporate counsels, and had served as counsel to almost every board and officeholder in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.

Graduating from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 1980, Winternheimer started his own practice in Evansville and became assistant city attorney under then-Mayor Mike Vandeveer. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Vanderburgh County attorney. He then returned to the position of assistant city attorney, where he served until his death. He continued his private practice throughout his legal career.

Winternheimer was known throughout the state as being a board member and past president of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association and someone who spoke often about the area of law at seminars.

He is survived by his wife, Kim, of 28 years, and 17-year-old son, Matthew. Donations may be made to a college scholarship fund set up in his son's name at any Fifth Third bank branch, or to the United Methodist Church (St. Phillips) cemetery fund. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 5812 N. Ford Road, Mount Vernon.
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