A graveside service honoring and remembering Jerry Eugene Kimblern will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Rice Funeral Service and Cremation Center has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Jerry passed away Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2017 at his home in Catoosa. He was 80.
Born Dec. 19, 1937 in Claremore, Jerry was the son of Earl Edward and Marie Goldie (Marlin) Kimblern. He grew up with humble beginnings in the Dog Creek Hills neighborhood in Claremore. Jerry's father was a heavy equipment operator which later influenced his career path in life. Jerry and his brother joined the Air Force during the draft years between Korea and Vietnam. He served mostly as a radar assistant and was honorably discharged while serving at a remote location in Japan.
Jerry returned from military service and married Margie Meadows in 1962. He worked as postal carrier prior to pursuing a career as a heavy equipment operator. Jerry could operate almost any type of machinery and spent many years in the construction and surface mining industries. He also worked as a contractor building Pilot truck stops. His career path required an extensive amount of travel throughout the years. Jerry and Margie finally settled in West Virginia, later retiring in Crewe, Virginia.
Knife making was a favorite pastime of Jerry's which he became quite accomplished. He would make hunting knives and all types of kitchen cutlery. Jerry also enjoyed woodcarving items such as walking sticks and the handles of his knives. He also loved working in his vegetable garden. These hobbies kept Jerry busy in recent years in Catoosa, as he moved back to Rogers County to be near family.
Surviving family members include his three children: Dwight A. Kimblern and wife Cathy; Doug E. Kimblern and wife Denise; and Julie M. Mckinney and husband Bill; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Margie; and his parents; and his two brothers Bob and Carl Kimblern.
Published on February 2, 2017