Richard E. Kimball

PETERSHAM — Richard E. Kimball, age 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Fitchburg Gardens.  

Richard was born June 23, 1924, in Newton. He is the son of the late Gordon and the late Lillian Kimball.

Richard moved to Athol with his family at an early age and graduated from New Salem Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 until, 1946 serving as a torpedoman’s mate on the USS Eugene E. Elmore a destroyer escort in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

He worked for several employers following his military discharge before beginning his longtime career as a machinist at Union Twist Drill.

He was very active in the Masons for many years and was a member of the Gas & Steam Engine Association. He enjoyed antique engines and participated in the engine show in Orange for many years.

He is survived by one daughter, Sharron Monaghan and her husband Dennis of Dublin, N.H., and one son, Richard Kimball, Jr. and his wife Kimberly of Petersham. He also has one granddaughter, Aimee Katembo, and one great-granddaughter, Nepemba Katembo, of New York City, N.Y.

He is predeceased by his wife, Madeline E. Kimball, and his daughter, Deborah Harris.

Services will be private.

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Arrangements are in the care of Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, MA.


Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing. Your loved one will always be a part of our country's story. As such, their sacrifice on behalf of our nation will always be honored. In deepest sympathy.

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