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Robert “Bob” Emery Kimbrough

Robert “Bob” Emery Kimbrough

Robert “Bob” Emery Kimbrough, February 21, 1947 to June 18, 2017

Heaven is brighter now because of Bob’s smile.  A smile that has brightened so many people’s lives especially his family, friends and everyone he crossed paths with.  As the son of Walter and Mary Kimbrough and the middle child of 4 rowdy boys, Bob spent his childhood days exploring, hunting and having great adventures in the Mojave Desert. These adventures later grew from running barefoot to driving homemade dune buggies with his best friends especially Larry Miller. Everywhere you found Bob, Larry was not far behind.  High school football and wrestling were a major focus for Bob during his high school years. After football season, you could always count on Bob and Larry loading up their rigs for quail hunting.

After graduating from Palmdale High in 1965, Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and proudly served his country. During Vietnam, Bob’s home port was Yokuska Japan where he served on the supply ship, the USS Pollux (aks “Liberty Ship”), from 11/1966 to 12/1968. He then served on the fleet tug, the USS Arikara, from 1/1969 to 6/1970. His Navy experiences led him to his career choice of commercial refrigeration and gave him the work ethic to pursue it. Recently Bob reconnected with his Arikara shipmates and had the honor of meeting the Arikara Indian Nation that his ship was named after. Reconnecting with his shipmates and the Indian Nation was an experience that he treasured and he shared his memories frequently.

In 1969, Bob married Roberta Lowe. They had 3 children: Amie Anne on October 5, 1973; Seth Emory June 17, 1976 to June 24, 1976; and Betsie Emma on November 30, 1977. They later divorced. After leaving the Navy, Bob resided in his hometown of Palmdale, California and worked construction with his family. He took classes at the Antelope Valley College for an Associate of Science degree in commercial refrigeration. Bob worked in this trade for the next 43 years.

Bob and his family followed his best friend, Larry, to Idaho in January 1975. Bob continued to work in refrigeration at Boise State College from 1977 to 1979 as a mechanical system foreman. In 1979, Bob transitioned to US West (aka Mountain Bell) where he worked as a building maintenance manager for the Pacific Northwest until retirement. Bob also followed his passion for farming and raising cattle.

While working at US West, Bob met Janice “Jan” Bresnahan. They married in 1988 and Bob’s family increased with the addition of Amy and Jake. Bob achieved another dream by being able to build his first beautiful family home in 1991. After his retirement with US West, Bob successfully owned and operated his own commercial refrigeration and HVAC business.

Bob’s journey in faith began in 1987 when Bob received Christ. He and his family were involved for many years in the “No Greater Love” Easter Pagant at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa. God used Bob’s construction skills to support church missions and local church projects. He dearly loved the fellowship with the friends that shared these projects with him.

In 1998, Bob and Jan welcomed his great niece, Cheyenne Dawn, into their home and in 2002 completed the adoption process. The family was now complete. After completing his second home, he was finally able to devote time to pursue his passion as the family chef, baker and BBQ master. His family never missed an opportunity to have his famous tacos, homemade pizzas and bread.


Bob lost his 6 year battle with prostate cancer on June 18, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father, Walter and his son Seth. Bob leaves his mother Mary Kimbrough, wife Jan, his daughters Amie (Glenn) Rose, Betsie Kimbrough, Amy (Kevin) Hayden and Cheyenne Kimbrough, his son Jake (Tera) Sell, grandchildren Andrew and Christian Rose, Rico and Nate Del Grande, Sage and June Sell along with many extended family and friends. Our thanks to MSTI, but a special thanks to Dr. Swerdloff and his staff for pursuing every possible treatment. Heart and Home Hospice was amazing and there when we needed them the most.

A service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Kuna Life Church, 500 E Deer Flat Rd., Kuna, Idaho under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.  A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Kuna Cemetery.
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