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Genealogy Beginnings

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Headline: Howard D. Kimball Jr., machine repairman; decorated WWII Army veteran and camper Publication Date: January 28, 1994 Source: The Patriot Ledger Quincy, MA Page: 26 Subjects: Region: Massachusetts Obituary: PEMBROKE -- Howard D. Kimball Jr., 69, of Bryantville, a former machine repairman and a decorated Army veteran of World War II, died Wednesday in University Hospital, Boston, after a brief illness. Mr. Kimball worked for a time at a shoe factory and then took a job at Anderson's Poultry Farm in Hanover, where he worked 23 1/2 years. "He did everything there," his wife, Mary E. (Schneider) Kimball, said yesterday. While his specialty was repairing machinery, he performed whatever chore needed doing at the farm. After leaving Anderson's, he spent 20 years as a machine repairman at the Foxboro Co. in East Bridgewater. Mr. Kimball enjoyed camping and with his wife crossed the country twice in their truck-camper. He was especially fond of the national parks and often spoke of his visits to Oregon, Washington and Texas. Nature had a great appeal for him. Mrs. Kimball said he was not much interested in night life or clubs. A good cook, he prepared many meals on the road and at home. "And he was the one who always peeled the vegetables," she said. When they were on the road, his wife said Mr. Kimball took it upon himself to do the dishes. "I never had to call anyone to repair things at home," Mrs. Kimball said. "He could fix anything." His wife described him as a gentle, quiet man. Among his favorite pastimes were crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. He liked working with wood and produced many knicknacks and wooden toy trains for his grandchildren. In earlier years he regularly cultivated a small vegetable garden. Mrs. Kimball said her husband watched football games on television and "he had plenty to say to them." During World War II, he served with the Army's 164th Infantry Regiment of the Americal Division in the South Pacific as a scout. Mr. Kimball saw action in the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands, New Caledonia and the Philippines and he served in Japan. His duties as a rifleman-scout were to seek out enemy positions in advance of the main body of troops and advise his commanders on their location. He was cited for assisting in the capture of enemy positions and received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Born in Rockland, he graduated from Hanover High School in 1942. Mr. Kimball lived 30 years in Bryantville. He is also survived by three sons, Alan Kimball of Brockton, Charles May Jr. of Weymouth and Eric E. May of East Bridgewater; a daughter, Patricia McEleney of Bridgewater; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m Monday in the Shepherd Funeral Home, Route 14. Burial will be at a later date. Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.