Obituary: Wilbur Earl Kimbrel


October 11, 1941 – August 5, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Wilbur Earl KimbrelWilbur E. Kimbrel, age 79, of Sauk Village, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Beloved husband of Janice Kimbrel, nee Duca. Loving father of Skip (Shelly), Mike (Becky), Billy (Renee), Linda (Mike), Jenny (Kevin), and Bobby (Jolea). Dear grandfather of numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loving brother of Doris (Jay Allen), David (Lavon), Annette, Joseph, Linda (Mike), Donnie (Marie), Glenn (Cathy), Wretha (Al), Barbara (Joel), and the late Carl. Fond uncle of several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Essie Kimbrel, and by his great-granddaughter Maddie. Mr. Kimbrel was a United States Korean War Army Veteran. He worked in the steel mills for 50 years, and retired with over 30 years at Arcelor Mittal. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. (The service will be live streamed from our Facebook page. The stream will begin 5 minutes before service.) Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, please call 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at