Robert Ray Kimmel

July 24, 1966 - July 08, 2018

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Thursday, July 12, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville


Thursday, July 12, 12:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville


Robert Ray “Rob” Kimmel, 51, of Avilla passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne with his family by his side.

He was born July 24, 1966, in Hartford City to Robert and Mikkie Kimmel. They survive in Avilla.

He attended West Noble School and graduated from Beacon Baptist School, Kendallville in 1984. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1985 to 1988, receiving several medals and awards.

Mr. Kimmel was employed by Forest River Manufacturing in Topeka.

Rob enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, as he was so proud of them. He loved to ride his Harley motorcycle and was always busy helping others. He was very handy and could fix anything.

Also surviving are two daughters, Bethany (Brock) Fletcher of Chesterton and Brittany Blackburn of Plymouth; three grandsons, Jason Blackburn, Seth Fletcher, and Silas Fletcher; a brother, Matthew (Amanda) Kimmel of Leesburg, Florida; a sister, Sonya (Hashem) Al-Quran of Avilla; four nephews, Justin Al-Quran, Jordan Al-Quran, Mason Kimmel, and Marcus Kimmel; a niece, Janae Al-Quran; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Adrianne Kristin Kimmel.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 12 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Brother Perry Spaulding officiating. Burial will be in Swan Cemetery.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Calling is Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to his three grandson’s college fund. Checks may be written to Bob or Mikkie Kimmel.

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Greg Freeman
July 13th, 2018 12:40pm
Louisville, KY

I just found out about Rob's passing this morning (Friday) from my brother Doug. My heart is broken over losing my high school best friend! I wish I had known before the funeral yesterday... nothing would have kept me from being there! My heart goes out to each of you, Bob, Mikki, Sonya, Matt! I wish I could have been there in person to give you my condolences...I know this must be so hard for each of you. I am looking forward to seeing Rob once again when Christ returns! All my love, Greg

Sigrún Aradóttir
July 13th, 2018 11:37am

We are so sorry for your los <3

Guðmunda Árný Þorsteinsdóttir
July 13th, 2018 9:06am

Always remember, keep memory, never forget ❤❤❤

Jim and Pam Young
July 12th, 2018 8:23pm
Ft Wayne

So sorry for your lost. We are keeping you in our prayers.

Deb Robinson
July 12th, 2018 12:18pm
Albion, Indiana

So sorry for your loss. Rob was a great friend always there to help out when you needed. Will be greatly missed.

Dev Robinson
July 12th, 2018 12:17pm
Albion, Indiana

So sorry for your loss. Rob was a great friend always there to help out when you needed. Will be greatly missed.

Rick & Elisha Richards
July 12th, 2018 9:12am
4473 E. Baseline Rd. Albion In

So sorry for your loss. This was such a shock. Rob was a great guy my husband Rick was friends with Rob. He helped him put our fireplace insert in. Has stopped by to see him many times. He was always riding his Harley. He will be missed.

Pastor & Mrs. Doug Jackson
July 11th, 2018 11:54pm
Ft Wayne, IN

Dear Friends, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. We are praying for you all.

July 11th, 2018 8:06am
Kendallville, IN

Matt and family. Sorry for your loss. I hope the peace and comfort of God surrounds you all at this time.

John Hall
July 11th, 2018 5:36am

May Gods love comfort you through this trial. I will always have the memories of playing basketball with Robbie, when he was very young at your little house in Cromwell and his never ending smile.

Misty D Jackson
July 10th, 2018 11:20pm

A.ngels&Prayers to all of u in ur time of need ,RIH Robert ,U will be missed by many !!

Tonya Thomas
July 10th, 2018 10:51pm

Prayers for the family

Chris and Erminia Wamsley
July 10th, 2018 9:12pm
Ossian, Indiana

A quiet and gentle Man with a very strong Spirit. God has a plan for such a Soul. May you all find comfort knowing he is at peace. Love the Wamsley Family

Jennifer Wymer
July 10th, 2018 8:46pm
Syracuse, In.

I can't imagine what you all are going through but pray for the comfort your family needs. Robbie will be missed by so many but will be watching over all of you. I love you all

Desiree Gomez
July 10th, 2018 8:43pm
Columbia, SC

Bob, Mikkie and Sonya, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you all are feeling. I am praying for God’s peace and comfort.

Buster and Rhonda Reynolds
July 10th, 2018 7:09pm
Bowling Green, KY

Bob & Mikkie, So sorry to hear about your son. May God hold you both close in his arms during this painful time. I pray he gives you comfort as you morn the untimely death of your son, Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. With Deepest Sympathy, Buster & Rhonda Reynolds

Jodi Marie Ober
July 10th, 2018 3:19pm
Albion, IN

Way to young to be gone. Prayers for all the family