Harry Kimmel passed away on June 13, 2020 at the age of 102 . He was the last survivor of nine children born to Benjamin and Mary Ellen Musser Kimmel of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Honors graduate of 1935 from Enola High School , PA. Mr. Kimmel served in the US Army from 1941-1945 as Master Sargent in the European theater during WWII, receiving the Commendation Ribbon for his service in Germany and Austria. He recently traveled to Washington , D.C. on the Honor Flight from Gainesville. Florida.
After his service he worked for Farm Bureau Ins. Co. which later became Nationwide Insurance Company. He was Regional Area Manager and Regional Controller in Harrisburg, P A and was asked to oversee the development of the office in Gainesville, Florida where he was RAM and Regional Controller until his retirement in Dec.1982 after 38 years with the company.
Harry enjoyed walking, playing his harmonica, boxing, fishing, golfing and traveling. He and his wife Louise traveled to all 49 continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Central America and The Holy Lands. They also made candy for friends and family at Christmas.
He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church,a supporter of Billy Graham Crusades, a 32nd Degree Mason with West Shore Lodge N.681 Harrisburg,,PA and the Zembo Temple Shriner, former chair to Gainesville Red Cross, Business Advisory Board Santa Fe Community College , Administrative Management Society Adviser, recipient of Diamond Merit Award for outstanding contributions, Twenty Gallon plus blood donor, United Way (Alachua County Fl.), and Kiwanis member among some of his many activities.
Preceding in death are his eight siblings, wives Audrey Vance Kimmel and Louise Notaro Kimmel. He is survived by daughters Karen Johnson, Kathy Waering, and Karyle Lindsay and their spouses as well as step-daughter Renae Shea and step-son Ed Naotaro and their spouses plus 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He influenced many during his lifetime and now rests in the arms of his Lord Jesus.
Any remembrance donations should be made in his name to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital VFW, Your Personal Church or the Billy Graham Crusade.