David M Kimmel obituary 1947~2021

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David M Kimmel, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2021.

David M Kimmel
David M Kimmel

He was born in Altoona to Myers P. and Lois E. Kimmel of Tyrone, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1947.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan K. Kimmel (Shaffer).

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Known as dad and pappy, he has four children: Myers D. (wife, Christine), Sielke M. (husband, David Caparelli), Nathan J. (wife, Vicky), Tyler W. (wife, Jessica) and ten Grandchildren, Joseph, Rachel, Hannah, Sarah, Joshua; Christian and Naomi; Gabriel; Taylin and Oliver.

David was raised in Tyrone, Pennsylvania with his four siblings Jim, Linda (Lang), Myra (Hess) and Mary (Welsh).

Playing football and track and field, upon graduation from Tyrone Area High School, David was drafted into the army and served during the Vietnam War for which he completed two tours.

David flew OV-1 Mohawks with compatriots to whom he would still gather with annually at the Vietnam War Memorial. Several of his honors include The Bronze Star Medal (the fourth highest ranking award given to brave action in a combat zone); 23 Air Medals, and the Gallantry Cross (recognition of heroic conduct while in combat). He was a proud veteran.

While David was an insurance agent for 45 years, his true passions were his wife Susan, family,
fishing in Canada, and hunting.

He was a member of the St. Thomas Sportsman’s Club. He could be found in his yard planting trees, flowers and bird watching. He loved reading tales of the old west and was an avid reader pursuing knowledge of local history.

Before Parkinson’s Disease, David designed and built many stained-glass windows. His creations are featured in Winebrenner Seminary in Ohio, and local churches. He is well-known in the community for having never met a stranger.

David was a passionate advocate of Christianity. He was a Sunday School teacher for many years, currently attending Brandts Church of the Brethren.

He was dedicated to studying the Bible and Biblical scholars and was always eager to share his knowledge. A board member of Scotland Campus, he passionately supported its mission of spreading the gospel. If you want to know who his best friend is, just open the Bible.

Visitation: Wednesday April 7, 6-8 p.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, St. Thomas.

Funeral service is April 8, 11a.m. at Brandts Church, 8003 Brandts Church Road, St. Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Scotland Campus, 3583 Scotland Rd, PO Box 370 Scotland, PA 17254.

Final resting place, Stenger Hill Cemetery, Fort Loudon.

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