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Kimbel, Art
Lt. Col. Arthur (Art) Harvey Kimbel, 70, passed away at home on April 7, 2017.

Art was born on March 14, 1947 in Racine, Wisconsin to the late Major Harvey and Hazel (Severson) Kimbel. Art graduated from William Horlick High School in Racine, Wisconsin in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1970 with a major in Pharmacy. Art was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity (Pharmacy) and ROTC (Distinguished Military Graduate). He was also an Officer in the Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society, and he was commissioned as an Armored Officer in 1970.

In 1969, he married Judy (Thoemke, now Lombard) and they had two sons together, Brian Arthur and Brent Alan. They later divorced. On August 15, 1986 Art married DeAnne (Pudge) Robinson and joined her children Donald (Guy) Robinson, Dianna (Robinson) Reinardy, and Ryan Robinson with his, creating the Kimbel-Robinson family.

Art proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 32 years. He was the Chief of Pharmacy Services for the 44th General Hospital, Madison and the 452nd Combat Support Hospital, Milwaukee, WI. Art also was deployed overseas in 1991 during Desert Storm as Chief of Pharmacy at the largest overseas Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was a member of the VFW Burns Post #388 in Wausau, WI.

In addition to his military career, Art worked as a Pharmaceutical Medical Representative in the Wausau area beginning in 1973 for Eli Lilly & Co. and retired from Merck & Co. in 2003. Unable to stay retired, Art became a part-time Pharmacist at 29 Super Pharmacy in Weston, WI, retiring in the fall of 2016.

In 1993, Art and Pudge purchased a summer home on Clear Lake in Tomahawk, WI. They worked for almost two years renovating the home and then opened it as Kimbel’s Point of View B&B in 1995. They operated the B&B for 13 years, closing the business in 2008 and aptly renaming the property Camp Kimbel. They treasured the memories and friendships with those they made during this wonderful venture in their lives, and have continued to enjoy making memories with family and friends up there.

Through the years Art enjoyed spending time with his family, summers at the lake with his kids and grandkids (“Opa is the best noodle monster and pillow fighter in the world!”), making homemade waffles with ice cream (hey–it’s breakfast!), building campfires, shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July, being captain of the pontoon boat, cheering on the Packers and Badgers, and traveling the world. Art was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as both Elder and Deacon, and he volunteered for Mobile Meals, Aspirus Hospital, and the Humane Society of Marathon County. In his younger days, he enjoyed deer hunting and bowling (where he was a League President for 20 years!).

He is survived by his wife Pudge, their children, Guy (Shannon) Robinson, Ballwin, MO; Brian (fiancée Angi Ogiba) Kimbel, Elderon, WI; Dianna (Jerry) Reinardy, Wausau, WI; Brent Kimbel, Madison, WI; and Ryan (Tessa) Robinson, Salem, OR, and his grandchildren, Natalie and Luke Robinson, Maxwell and Zoe Reinardy, and David and Alex Kimbel who loved their “Opa” dearly.

He is also survived by his sister, Arline (Jim) Sadlon, Rockford, IL, and his nephews Gregg (Tracy) Sadlon, their children Evan and Tia, Arlington Hts., IL and Ky (Claudia) Sadlon and their children Colin and Riley, Elgin, IL.

A celebration of Art’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at First Presbyterian Church, Wausau, WI. Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:30am with the Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers officiating the service at 11:30am. A private interment for family will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, WI.

Art lived life to the fullest and we thank you all for being part of his happiness.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Randlin Home (for veterans)

Salvation Army

or a charity of your choice.

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    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

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  2. Roger Peters

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Art, I got to know you a few years ago, you were always a positive force with a great attitude.. You will be missed by all.. So sorry for your loss Pudge..

  3. Roger and Ann Esker

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Our condolences to all of Art’s family, especially to Brian and Brent. We were so sorry to read of his passing. Roger and Ann Esker

  4. Jessica Putrus

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Brian (and Angi) – so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Know that God is holding your hand during this sorrowful time. We are here if there is anything that you need.

    God bless,
    Jess & Bradford Putrus

  5. Dinah Halopka-Ryson

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Pudge and family-So sorry for your loss. I served with Art in the Army Reserves. He was a good soul who worked hard and enjoyed serving in the Army Reserves. Glad friends let me know that he had passed. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings

  6. Kathleen Urban

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Dear Pidge. So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So glad that Wayne let me know . I will be thinking of you on April 19.

    Kathleen Urban

  7. Jane Whiteside

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Dear Pudge and family, we extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. Every time we stopped by, Pudge and Art would extend the most big hearted welcome and take time to sit and chat. Bruce and Jane Whiteside, Clear Lake.

  8. Judy Fallos

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Pudge and family, I was a pharmacist at Aspirus for many years. Art was a drug rep and he also worked with us as part of his military reserve weekends. He was always very positive and friendly. A very nic man. I remember you volunteering in the gift shop as well. May your memories comfort you. With sympathy,
    Judy Fallos, RPh.

  9. Anne King

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Pudge and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know Art personally, I know that he was a wonderful man and loved by many. Prayers for him and you.
    Anne Readey King

  10. Deb Olson

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Dearest Pudge,
    We want to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. We will always cherish the wonderful years of memories with Art. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time in life. Love always Ole and Dolly Olson

  11. Cheryl Surfus

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    My dear Pudge my sincere condolences, you are in my thoughts and prayers think of you often

  12. Jan Davis

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Sending prayers and heart-felt sympathy during this sorrowful time. May your faith keep you strong and your memories keep you smiling.

  13. Randy & Linda Martin

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    Dear Pudge & Family, we are so deeply saddened by the untimely death of our dear friend Art. Our friendship goes back some 22 years and we cherished many, many great times together that will never be forgotten.
    It is not often that we have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with wonderful people like the Kimbel’s. God so blessed us by bringing you into our lives and we look forward to continuing our friendship for years to come.
    May God bless you and we look forward to the celebration of Art’s life on April 19th.

  14. Lisa and Tim Sotelo

    04/11/2017 at 10:43 am

    I will never forget how Art and Pudge welcomed us with open arms when Tim and I moved to Wausau . Art was a great friend and mentor and it was a privilege to work with him for many years . You are in my thoughts and prayers always . I have many fond memories of the Kimbel Robinson familiy.

    Lisa and Timothy Sotelo