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William Kimbell
  • Passed away on September 23, 2019

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William L”Bill” Kimbell, 95, of Wildwood FL, died peacefully on September 23.  Born in Tallahassee in 1924, his parents were Clarence Grover and Mary Jenkins Kimbell.  He was predeceased by his wife, Ann Stark Kimbell, sisters Mary Clare Pichard (Gordon) and Elizabeth Weinreb Elliott (Murray).  He leaves children William L Kimbell Jr (Kiran) and Nancy Ann Kimbell Blass (Randall), grandchildren Melanie Allen (Jason), Deborah Blass, Kara Bechtle (Eric) and William L Kimbell III (Courtney), and great-grandchildren Nina Clare Bechtle and Gabriel William Allen, a niece, nephews and their families.  He graduated from Emory College in 1944 with a BS-Electrical Engineering.  He moved to Syracuse NY where he was an engineering and program manager for the General Electric Corporation.  He retired after a forty year career and was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  He and Ann wintered at the Pelican, New Smyrna Beach.  Bill was an active amateur radio operator (W2TYO – Extra Class) for eighty years, a member of Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse, the Amateur Radio Relay League and the Quarter Century Wireless Association.  “Pop,” as he was known by his family and many friends, was a generous, patient, intelligent and loving man.  He was devoted to Ann and all his family and he will be missed.  Special thanks to his friends and the staff at American House, Wildwood FL, where he has lived since 2017.  Services will be private.  Donations in his memory may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages FL, where he was well cared for in his final hours.

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  1. 25 Nov 2019
    Ruth Cameron says:
    So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a very good friend of Dad and when they were chatting on Skype, if I was with Dad, I’d join in for a minute or two. Dad would always tell me stories of Bill and update me on his family. I’m so sorry to hear this news. Dad passed away just over 2 weeks after Bill.

  2. 15 Oct 2019
    Teresa R Petcavage says:
    I saw Bill's obit in the Syracuse paper and want to offer my condolences to the family. I knew Bill as my department manager for several years at GE in Syracuse, and remember him fondly as a wonderful manager and a fair and gentlemanly person to work with. A nice memory from those years.

  3. 07 Oct 2019
    Barb lit a candle:
    Lit since October 7, 2019 at 10:22:33 AM

  4. 06 Oct 2019
    Brian Stark says:
    Our condolences from Chicago, he is resting in peace and we will miss him and his thoughtfulness!

  5. 06 Oct 2019
    Brian Stark says:
    We miss you Uncle Bill!

  6. 06 Oct 2019
    Richard Shaw says:
    We will miss Bill at Romeos. Had a lot of good times.

  7. 06 Oct 2019
    Nin says:
    Uncle Bill, I miss you. We miss your 5:00 phone calls, the interesting articles you used to share via email, the questions and comments about the menu at American house, the memories of life at “the lake” with my mom and dad and of course your comments about the crunchy croutons. I was so lucky to have spent all that time at the Pelican with you.

  8. 06 Oct 2019
    Nin lit a candle:
    Lit since October 6, 2019 at 10:07:37 AM

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  11. 03 Oct 2019
    Doug Stark says:
    Miss you Uncle Bill

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