Rick Kimberley, age 61, of 5831 26th Lane, Brampton, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Columbus Township, MI.
Rick passed away while riding his motorcycle, one of the last things he planned on doing again in his lifetime before going to heaven. His last motorcycle ride was and will forever be shared with his brother Kirk.
Rick was born on April 6, 1951 in Detroit, MI. the son of Donald & Corinne (Jones) Kimberley . Rick was a carpenter before his disability in 1985. In 1992 Rick and his family relocated from Royal Oak to Brampton.
Rick was known for his personality, spontaneity, love of hunting (his excellent aim earned him the lifetime nickname “one-shot”) and fishing, the stories he shared with everyone, and the huge amount of love he had for his children and grandchildren. Rick will also be remembered by the little red haired boy always by his side, Cameron Kimberley, his grandson & best buddy.
Rick was a member of Grace Church, which over the last couple years, along with their Monday night group, had strengthened Ricks faith. Rick enjoyed and shared what he learned every chance he had.
Rick could always be found at least once a day at the 4 J’s in Gladstone, drinking coffee with his many friends like Don and others.
My dad is and will be VERY sadly missed!
Daughter: Kari Kimberley of Gladstone
Son: Kevin Kimberley of Las Vegas
Mother: Corinne (Jones) Kimberley
Brothers: Rodney & Kirk Kimberley
Grandchildren: Destiney, Gabe, & Cameron Kimberley of Gladstone
Zachary & Matthew Kimberley of Las Vegas, NV
Many special nieces, nephews, sister in Laws, cousins, several extended family members & friends including best friend Sam Chunn.
Private memorial services will be held by the family.
Kari & her children are inviting all family & friends to gather at the Gladstone Fishing Peir (grandsons’ favorite fishing place) for prayer & celebration (as Rick would want it) at 2 PM, Sunday May 20, 2012. Afterwards friends & family are welcome to join them to have coffee at the 4J’s in memory of their dad/ grandpa.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes are assisting the Kimberley family.
Lora Parker - Escanaba, Mi
I will miss Rick. He was always such a warm and friendly person. I have known him for several years. He would come to Main Street every week with his grandson and eat pizza. We would joke about his love of anchovies. Eww. 🙂 I am very sorry for your loss.
Rick and I go back to 1965 when I moved from Highland Park to Royal Oak. He is the first friend I went hunting with when I was 13. We continued our tradition off and on all through the years. He has been my best friend all along, we sure had some great times. We spoke 3 or 4 times a week, talking about hunting, fishing, family and our new aches and pains. These are the moments I will miss the most. We were always bouncing ideas off each other about how to improve the woods and making plans to build more blinds.
I will always miss you brother, and feel safe in the knowledge that you are at home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
With Love Your Brother, Sam Chunn
Dean, Diana, and Meghan McKnight
Kari and familySo sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ann LaPalm - Escanaba, MI
Rick will be missed! I just saw him at Wal Mart and had a nice talk with him…I was saddened to hear of his death…I was with Rick the day of 911 and we were riding in the car together..he and I have been through alot…I remember going oput to his home before it was remodeled. I loved Rick’s smile and his zest for life. I will really miss your dad and am very thankful that he was placed in my path of life. Ann LaPalm
Kari there are no words that I can say to stop the pain your going through, I can only let you know that if you ever need anything, even a good listener please do not stop yourself from reaching out, and do not let anyone else stop you. I know what it is to not get the chance to say goodbye to someone you loved so dearly and I know how it feels to have un answered questions and guilt. I believe you are a lot stronger then you think, and I also believe that your father will be watching out for you and your children, so give me a call sometime. My number is (906) 233-0348.
Treat yourself with gentle hands in the next couple of months.
Amy L Hay
Anonymous - NONE, 0
Dad~ its been just over a year & I don’t go a day without thinking about you & missing you. I miss you dad, I miss talking to you, and lol I miss worrying about you:) I know you would be so proud of all the things the kids and I have accomplished this year, but I still need you and your love~ its lonely without you. At the same time no one will ever tell me that once someone passes they are gone because so many times over I know your still looking out over us…like the boot cast I needed badly that the little old lady gave me the other day~ never seen her before in my life but she came to me to tell me you loved me & the kids, she told me about helping you learn about the bible before you died. I doubt Ill ever see her again..because I know for some reason she knew how bad I needed you. Thank you dad for being the bestest dad in the world~Miss you dad~ love toot