Frederick Richard Kimble quietly passed away at home with his family around him on May 17th, 2020. Originally from Riverton, he resided with Lorna (nee Pagaduan), his wife of 45 years, in Magnolia, NJ. He was the son of Eleanor and Jim Kimble (deceased), brother to Darlene Vrancik (Mike) and devoted father of Fredrick Kimble and Jennifer Ridgway (Rich). He was a loving grandfather to Cameron and Gavin Ridgway and uncle to many nieces and nephews including Joshua, Alexandra and Emma Vrancik.
Fred proudly served in the US Navy as a Radarman on the USS Force (MSO-445) during the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal during his years of service. Upon returning to the states, he completed an AS degree from Camden County College in Business.
After many years working for Household Finance, GE and lastly for the Gloucester County Child Support Enforcement Unit, he retired and spent his remaining years with all his family and friends near. He had an acerbic wit, sometimes strong opinions and a love of God, country and family. He loved his friends at Immanuel Baptist Church in Maple Shade, the DaVita dialysis team that took care of him during the last 4 years and his friends and former co-workers. He will be sorely missed by all of us that knew him.
Due to COVID19 restrictions set forth by the State of NJ, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org.
I miss my dad very much. When I was a child and teenager, my dad would come over on Saturday mornings, and my nan would always make him bacon, eggs, and toast, while I would prepare him a nice cup of hot tea. Then we'd usually spend the rest of the day playing board games (Clue, Axis & Allies, and his favorite--Bargain Hunter) or looking at old monster movies on tv. Often, he would take my sister Jennifer over ,too, and all of us would have a great time together, and in summers we would play outside games in my back yard.
As I got older dad would take me on scenic drives throughout NJ and to places like the furnace, Batsto, The Sweet Water Casino, various shores, light houses, and other nice areas. Many times we would meet very nice people with whom we'd feel a natural connection and we would converse with them for a while, and dad always enjoyed when this would happen. Dad and I confided to each other that we always felt peaceful and especially close to God in nature--especially by the water.
My dad and I also shared a love for Do Wop music, and he introduced me to many great singers and bands of that genre that we'd listen to on the radio or watch on tv. We also took many long walks together. During Christmas, we would walk around my town or his and judge people's decorations on a scale of 1-10. Other times when the weather was mild, we'd seek out a nice bench to sit on and have deep conversations about life, including our nostalgia for the good old days. He always felt that the 1950's and early 1960's were America's best years.
Dad was very perceptive, witty and intelligent. He was a superior chess player, and he would have made a wonderful history teacher.
My mom, nan, aunts, uncles, and cousins always liked seeing my dad when he came over whether it was for weekend visits, dinners, (My nan always made whatever my dad wanted to eat.), or for special occasions, and my dad enjoyed seeing all of them, too.
Rest in peace daddy. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.
No Sadness, only Happy Memories.
One of many memories I will share is of me as a six-year-old boy laying in bed waking up way too early in the wee hours of a cold stormy morning in Pine Hill, New Jersey.
Sleepy and confused I suddenly realized I had only half the covers on top of me that I had when I went to sleep the evening before. Little by little, inch by inch I had fewer and fewer covers as the morning lingered on until eventually I had no blankets at All!! I finally leaned over the side of the bed and looked underneath only to see a 10 year old Fred giggling proudly and devilishly as he had methodically pulled every blanket off of the bed. Anyone who knows Fred will recognize that sense of humor that remained throughout his life. I only think of my cousin with smiles. I will miss him except on cold chilly mornings.
Michael De Vito
My sincere condolences to The Family of Fred Kimble,
Fred was a great guy,who always had an upbeat personality and kept his co-workers laughing with his great sense of humor.
Sorrowfully, former co-worker Rose Brown Camden Co .CSP ENF.
I will miss my brother, always. I remember many things that he loved to do but most of all, he loved to take road trips. The open road led to wonders of natural beauty with greening fields placid lakes, or ocean air. We visited historical sites, old graveyards and some of the best diner food that New Jersey can offer. Our last trip included a stop at the blueberry farm and the purchase of more blueberries than I can eat in a year. But he wanted to do something. Maybe he knew time was short because this was the first and last time that I ever drove him. Usually he was in the driver’s seat in in his convertible just loving the wind and sunshine. That is how I picture him now on his last and most important road trip. God is with him and his happiness has no words.
I thank you all for you’re kind thoughts prayers and condolences. Fred was as a man of honor pride Christian values witty funny gentle honest selfless integrity but most of all a great husband father uncle brother and friend. I lover him dearly and will miss his presence but I know he’s side in spirit. Rest In Peace my LOVE and SOULMATE. THANK YOU EVERYONE AND MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.
You will be lovingly remembered as a man who loved his family and friends. May you Rest In Peace in God’s love ...💕🍀
MY SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY . MAY THE GOD WHO BINDS UP THE BROKEN HEARTED AND COMFORTS ALL WHO MOURNING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
Uncle Fred will be missed -- I'll never forget his colorful commentary at Sunday dinners and weekend barbecues, or the countless times he played board games or took walks with us. To Aunt Lorna, cousin Jennifer, my Mom, and all the other family and friends who will be impacted by his loss, I extend my deepest condolences.
My uncle Fred was an amazing man with a great sense of humor. I have many memories as a child of him spending Sunday dinners with our family. We always enjoyed taking long walks all over town and he was never too busy to sit down and play our favorite board game axis and allies which would last a few hours or more. When I think of my uncle, I will always cherish the time we spent together doing these things. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to my Aunt Lorna, cousin Jennifer, and extended family.
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Lorna ,Jennifer and all of your family we are keeping you all in our prayers and in our hearts. Theresa and Mario Manzella and family
My deepest condolences to Fred’s family. I met Fred in 2005 after transferring to Gloucester County Probation. He had a great sense on humor and was never without an appropriate saying. He entertained us with his savvy customer service skills and quick wit. You will be missed Freddy. God speed and rest easy...
Fred was my brother-in-law, the best man at my wedding and more than that a long time friend. He had a deep knowledge of history, especially related to military campaigns and the human stories of the people in the trenches. Fred's love for those stories carried over to his relationships with the people he befriended throughout the course of his life. He was always a champion of the little guy and the underdog and those who showed courage and resolve in the face of great obstacles.
Fred had a deep and abiding faith in God which was always there just below the surface. He loved to take long trips in the country just to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. Especially later in life on his days off he could often be found roaming the countryside with a close friend or two in tow.
I'll remember fondly family dinners during the holidays and summer barbecues in our backyard. I'll miss his quick wit and good humor and the fellowship we shared together.
My condolences to his wife Lorna, his daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Rich, his grandsons and all the rest of hs extended family. I'm sorry for your loss. Fred will be greatly missed.
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