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Joseph Wilfred Kimmel

March 8, 1943 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

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Joseph W. Kimmel, ‘Joe’, was born on March 8, 1943, in York, Pennsylvania to Wilfred George Kimmel and Cecilia Elizabeth Steinberger Kimmel, and was the middle child of 7 children. He lived in a small house on Prospect Street before his family moved to Mansfield, Ohio in 1948. In Mansfield, Joe attended St. Peter's Grade School and then Madison High School where he played football and graduated with college preparatory courses.

Joe started his college education at Ashland College, enrolled in a pre-engineering curriculum. He earned a football scholarship as a starter, playing both offense and defense. Joe left Ashland after a year to save enough money to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Moving to Columbus allowed Joe to embrace his passions for Buckeye Football, analyzing data, and engineering. Joe graduated from The Ohio State University, cum laude, in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His experiences at The Ohio State College of Engineering inspired him to establish the Kimmel Family Scholarship which provides funding to students who are historically underrepresented in engineering.

Living on Ohio State’s infamous High Street, Joe met the love of his life, Beverly Bukoski. They were married in 1966. Joe and Beverly left Columbus in 1967 and began their lives together. They made friends everywhere they moved. Joe spent his 41-year career with Shell Oil Company starting as a production engineer, in Midland, Texas. During Joe’s time with Shell, he worked in Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Texas. Joe was also a member of Shell’s MS150 Bike Team.  Joe was a leader and mentor to many at Shell managing teams in engineering, operations, marketing/transportation and finance.

Understanding the importance of ensuring excellence in K-12 education, Joe was elected and served his community for 12 years (1994-2006), as a member of the Katy I.S.D. School Board. Joe held several offices during his board tenure including four terms as board president. Upon his retirement from the board, the Katy High School Football Team awarded Joe a team jersey for his hard work and perseverance.

Together Joe and Beverly raised their children, Joshua and Cecilia, who enjoyed swim meets, basketball games, stays at summer camps and family vacations. Always in the role of mentor, Joe coached and officiated his children’s athletic competitions. Joshua and Cecilia were both awarded their high school diplomas by Joe in his official capacity on the school board. Family gatherings and countless evenings were spent playing dominos, card games and farkle, with Joe as scorekeeper. Joe’s roster of favorite sports teams expanded to include the Rice Owls and the Texas Longhorns, where his children attended university. Forever loyal to the Scarlet and Gray and the music of “The Best Damn Band in The Land”, Joe and his family traveled to numerous Buckeye Football bowl games across the US.

In retirement, Joe, Beverly and their cats split their time between Houston and the mountains of Park City, Utah. Family and friends visited them frequently in both locations. In Houston, Joe and Bev looked forward to their monthly Bridge group, playing Wordle and Connections in the family chat group, attending swim meets, soccer matches and school activities for their grandchildren. Joe resurrected Mustang Sally, restoring a 1966 Mustang. He undertook general contractor classes and led his son’s 1927 bungalow rebuild in Upper Kirby. In Utah, the grandchildren always looked forward to being whisked away on special grandparent-only outings to favorite places to eat, going to fun museums, mooing at the dairy cows, and taking magic train rides on the North Pole Express. Everyone who visited them always had a great time enjoying their company, playing games and laughing a lot.

Joe’s unwavering work ethic, kindness and compassion endeared him to many lifelong friends. Joseph W. Kimmel leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Beverly Kimmel. He is also survived by his daughter, Cecilia Kimmel of Los Angeles, California, and his son, Joshua Kimmel, daughter-in-law, Christene Kimmel, and grandchildren August and Madeleine Kimmel of Houston, Texas. Joe’s legacy of valuing family, friends, education, working hard, playing hard, and loving life will live on in the memories of his siblings Phil Kimmel, Rose Wake, Carol Miller, Mary Miller, Kathleen McDonough and Dan Kimmel, extended family, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation and reception with the family from two until five o’clock in the afternoon with a Celebration of Life service starting at three o’clock on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston.

To honor Joe’s life, please consider a gift to The Kimmel Family Scholarship Fund at Ohio State https://bit.ly/KimmelScholarshipOSU or MD Anderson Cancer Center http://mdacc.convio.net/goto/InMemoryOfJosephWKimmel

For those who can not attend in person, please visit https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTcwNjc0NTQ1MTI5MzQ4MSZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw== 

 

  


Services

Visitation and Reception
Saturday
February 3, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services
1734 W. Alabama St
Houston, Texas 77098

Celebration of Life
Saturday
February 3, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services
1734 W. Alabama St
Houston, Texas 77098

Donations

The Kimmel Family Scholarship Fund at Ohio State
Web: https://bit.ly/KimmelScholarshipOSU

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - in Memory of Joseph W. Kimmel
Web: http://mdacc.convio.net/goto/InMemoryOfJosephWKimmel

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