"Randy" Eugene Kimber
September 16, 1948 ~ January 16, 2016
Viewing: Thursday from 6-8 pm, as well as from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Gillies Funeral Chapel at 634 E. 200 S.; Brigham City, UT prior to the funeral service.
Funeral: 11 AM on Friday, January 22, at Gillies Funeral Chapel at 634 E. 200 S.; Brigham City, UT
Interment: Grouse Creek, UT cemetery
BRIGHAM CITY - Our dad, Randel "Randy" Eugene Kimber, rode off into the sunset on Saturday, January 16, 2016 after 67 years of an adventure-filled life that began on September 16, 1948, the youngest child of Oren and Opal Kimber. While cancer ultimately took Dad from us, we are grateful for the numerous other times in his life when he was able to cheat death. As he said recently, death may have one tally mark in its column, but he had several marks in his. He felt like he had won the overall game; we would agree. Dad lived the bulk of his life in Grouse Creek, UT, a place he called home. The rest of his life was primarily spent living in Brigham City, UT. He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1966 and attended Weber State College for some time thereafter. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as a missionary in the Southwest British Mission from 1967 to 1969. He held numerous other Church callings throughout his life; he particularly enjoyed anything Boy Scouts-related. His testimony of the gospel remained strong to his last breath. A lifelong hopeless romantic, Dad married us older kids' mom, Brenda Baxter, in the Idaho Falls LDS temple in 1970. They divorced in 1988. He then married the younger kids' mom, Stephanie Ann Frasier, later that same year. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS temple in 1989. Steph passed away in 2002. Truly a jack-of-all-trades, Dad could fix or build pretty much anything. He was also one of the hardest working people to ever live. Over the years, he was a rancher, bus driver, mailman, business owner, EMT, security guard, forklift operator, and truck driver. Dad never met a stranger; he made friends & created lasting memories every step of the way. Dad loved to visit, laugh, and share stories. His love for story telling helped define his final days, as he elected to spend that small window of time visiting and laughing with those closest to him. We are so proud of the positive force & example he was to us as he courageously prepared to leave this mortal life with only a few weeks' notice. We, his heartbroken family, can't express enough gratitude to the skilled & compassionate staff at Brigham City Community Hospital, to Dr. Ashdown, to Dad's Beloved Missy, and to all of those who helped "Cowboy" live his final days with dignity, grace, and joy. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Gillies Funeral Chapel to help offset funeral expenses. Dad leaves behind many loved ones, including eight children he promised to keep watch over, but not creepily haunt: Kami Jo Kimber of Charlotte, NC; Kodi Echo (Nick) Nelson of Pleasant View, UT; Kade Randel Kimber (Artis Beatty) of Raleigh, NC; Sonee Ann (Ryan) Cobbley of Magna, UT; Summer Lyn Kimber (Robbie Gathercole) of Brigham City, UT; Shae Eugene Kimber, a Marine deployed abroad; Trace Ephraim Kimber, a Marine stationed in California; and, Lili Aaliyah Kimber of Brigham City, UT. He is also survived by two grandsons, Kyeler and Aydyn, and his beloved companion, Missy Thompson; his brother, Oren LeGrande (Deaun) Kimber of St. George, UT; his sister, Karla (Reed) Beecher of Centerville, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Terrel; his sister, Joetta; and his wife, Stephanie. In accordance with his very specific wishes, a short, non-depressing funeral will be held at 11 AM on Friday, January 22, at Gillies Funeral Chapel at 634 E. 200 S. in Brigham City, UT. A viewing will also be held at Gillies on Thursday from 6-8 pm, as well as from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM prior to the funeral service. Dad will finally be going back home; interment will be at the Grouse Creek, UT cemetery.
I only met Randy once, but he was a kind and funny man. He stayed with me once while driving through Tennessee. I am so sorry for all of you that lost this kind man.
To Kami, Kodi, & Kade and the younger kids as well;
I am so very sorry for your loss. I got to know your dad and Stephanie when we were neighbors in the duplex on 2nd East in Brigham. He was a great guy with a fun sense of humor, always friendly and willing to give a hand at a moments notice. My heart grieves with you for your loss. Sending much love, prayers, and friendship your way.