Vance Kimball

Vance A. Kimball

Saturday, August 10th, 1940 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Mr. Vance A. Kimball, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel.

A private memorial event will be held at a later date. Vance suffered from devastating rheumatoid arthritis most of his life. The family asks that any memorial gifts be made to the Arthritis Foundation ( in his name. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Vance was born August 10, 1940, to Worth and Ruth (Sassaman) Kimball of Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1958. A skilled engineer and inventor, Vance retired from Whirlpool. He had a lifelong passion for cars, racing sports, antiques, weather, genealogy and photography. He loved visiting the American West, Alaska, and Mackinac Island. Vance enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and going to lunch with his pals. He loved his family and his family will miss him greatly.

Vance is survived by his children, Laura (George) Metz and Gary (Ann) Kimball; grandchildren, Aubrey Kimball and Austin Kimball; great-granddaughter, Isabella Lucker; and sister, Janice (Gerry) Shramek. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Tracey Kimball.
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Pam Whitehead

Posted at 10:58am
So sorry to read in the paper of Vance's passing. The last time i saw him was at Culverts - again i made the silly mistake of trying to help him with his drink - nope i got it he, said. I look up to him because even though I was in pain it could not be any more then what Vance was going thru and he ALWAYS had a cheerful disposition. Thank You Vance for showing me the honorable way to live with medical problems. Rest in beautiful peace.

Marge Yetzke

Posted at 01:22pm
I'm so sorry to see Vance's passing. I knew him when he worked at R&E, he always had a nice word to share and never seemed to be down. I'm so sorry for your family loss but am happy he is free of pain.

Lori Esterle

Posted at 05:07pm
Gary - I was so sorry to hear of Vance's passing. I always looked forward to hearing from him - he definitely had his opinions to share with me !! Our last contact was on July 30, when he wished me a happy birthday. I will certainly miss hearing from him but find comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain.

This picture was taken at my home on April 29, 2000, the day I first met Vance & Janice.

Your family will remain in our thoughts,
Josh & Lori Esterle

Bonnie Simmelink

Posted at 11:23am
Bonnie (Tiefenbach) Simmelink
I have so many fond memories of Vance,knowing him a little in school as I graduated a year later but then at Whirlpool R&E. He did anything for anybody all you had to do was ask. We talked daily, went to lunch now and then, knowing he was in terrible pain but you never knew it, he never complained. If I even mentioned something for my job or whatever, he had it the next day, he truly was a dear friend and I will remember him always .

Dan Loikits

Posted at 08:26am
I was so sorry to hear of Vance’s passing. I worked with Vance at R & E and he was very knowledgeable and a joy to be around. Even though you could tell he was in pain, I never once heard him complain. My sincere condolences to all his family. Dan Loikits

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