Robert Orr Kimbrell

Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA to parents Leo Orr Kimbrell and Martha May Robinson Kimbrell. He was a nationally seeded tennis player with his greatest accomplishments in Men's Doubles while attending USC and while he was in the Navy serving as an Ensign in the Sea Bees in Hawaii. He attended USC School of Engineering and was employed with Los Angeles County Flood Control District for more than thirty years retiring in 1981.Married Marjorie Meeker in 1949 and moved to Downey in 1951 where he resided for 59 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing and bowling. He watched a variety of sports and could tell you all the statistics. He also enjoyed gardening, was an avid needlepointer, and a Boy Scout Leader Troop 807. Bob attended all Downey concerts in the park, plays and symphony performances. He volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross. He attended and was active at Downey United Methodist Church. Bob also loved his dogs - Shep, Charlie and Lucky. He spoke highly and was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many friends at the Downey Retirement Center, where he was known as the "Whistler". He is survived by former wife Marj Kimbrell, sister: Barbara Kimbrell of Downey, children: Bob Kimbrell (Rosalie) of Liberty, MO, Steve Kimbrell (Ann) of Oxnard, CA, Jill Kimbrell of Downey, Sue Kimbrell of Chico, CA; four grandchildren, Sarah, Peter, Scott and Wes; and three great-grandchildren, Riley, Emily and Evan. Services will be held Friday, September 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Downey United Methodist Church. For more information, visit