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KimplerMar. 24, 1923 - Dec. 8, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY William "Bill" Henry Kimpler peacefully left this world on December 8, 2012. During his final days, his family was by his side as he quietly passed away leaving as survivors his wife of 65 years, Myna (Tipton) Kimpler, his daughters, Kathleen Kimpler Cermak and Janet Love, and her husband, Jon F. Love, granddaughters and their spouses, Cindy and Terry Jones, Lacey and Cody Link, and Sarah and Clay Pope, along with great grandchildren, Madeleine and Ian Pope, and Brady and Tyler Jones, and William Link. Born and reared in Ellinwood, Kansas, as the son of Henry J. and Esther (Schartz) Kimpler, Bill joined the Marines and served as a Master Sergeant in World War II and the Korean War, with tours of duty that included Iwo Jima in the Philippines, and the Inchon Peninsula of Korea. While serving in WWII, he met Myna and quickly swept her off her feet; they were married in 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellinwood. Following his military service, Bill joined Harbison-Fischer Company and for 35 years thereafter, supplied "the best pumps in the oil patch" to oil producers in Kansas, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma, and served as an industry ambassador to Canada. "Poppy" was a family man who enjoyed taking his family on vacations, including weekend trips to teach his girls the sports of fishing, water skiing and golf. He lived his life with the "semper fidelis" motto that signifies the dedication and loyalty that every Marine has for "Corps and Country", even after leaving active duty, where he attended annual reunions of his compatriots. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Dec. 14, 2:00 p.m. at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 4201 S. McKinley, Oklahoma City, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 13, 2012
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