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Whitney Robert Kimble

February 29, 1920 February 26, 2019
Whitney Robert Kimble
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Obituary for Whitney Robert Kimble

February 29, 1920 - February 26, 2019
Born to Lilia Rosina Wollpert & Ralph David Kimble, Whitney was raised in Manchester, Michigan.
Whitney was the 11th generation of the Richard Kimball family who came from Rattlesden, Suffolk Co, England in 1634 (the family name was changed to Kimble with the 5th generation, by Jacob Kimble).
He graduated from Manchester High School in 1938 and began working in the Peoples Bank of Manchester. In 1941, he married his high school sweetheart, June Nancy Reed and was married to her for 71 years.
That same year, he moved to Ann Arbor to begin work at the State Savings Bank. In 1943, he became an Assistant Bank Examiner for the State of Michigan and traveled extensively throughout the state. In 1947, he became Assistant Cashier at Ypsilanti Savings Bank and in 1952, he came to Brighton State Bank as Cashier. In 1960, he became Executive Vice President, and in 1976, President and CEO. The Brighton State Bank was eventually merged with the Pacesetter Bank, and he continued to serve on their Board of Directors. Pacesetter bank then merged with Old Kent Bank which eventually merged with the Fifth Third Bank group. Upon his retirement from banking in 1982, Whitney became a well-respected Realtor and a Certified Commercial Property Appraiser. In 1983, daughter Diana joined him to form Kimble Appraisal Services providing appraisal services to banks and attorneys. In 2012 he finally retired at the age of 92.

Whitney was an avid skier and golfer, he enjoyed fishing and bowling, and traveled extensively to pursue both golf and skiing with family and friends. A proud founding member of the Mt. Brighton Whisk Skiers ski club, he continued skiing until age 77.

Professionally, when Whitney arrived in Brighton, in 1952, the Brighton State Bank had assets of 3 million dollars and there were 7 employees. When he retired, in 1982, the assets were $120,000,000. His main focus during his career was encouraging all age groups to save through Christmas Clubs, Vacation Clubs and College Clubs. He was instrumental in pushing more open lending practices so local business could grow and provide jobs within the community. Businesses that were part of this growth included Refrigeration Research with over 150 employees and locations in 3 other communities., Meijer Gardens, and Chem-Trend Corp., (owner, Peer Lorentzen, wrote in 1980 of his gratefulness to Whitney for the foresight to take a chance on a young immigrant). Whitney was also instrumental in the creation and development of the Mt. Brighton Ski Area.

Whitney guided the bank through the construction of a new main branch on W. North Street and the opening of several branches throughout Livingston County. He also helped to establish the bank’s “correspondent” banking relationship with National Bank of Detroit. His reputation as a progressive banker was written about by Judd Arnett, a popular columnist for the Detroit Free Press, who gave heavy credit to Whitney for the growth and expansion of what had once been a “sleepy country town”, because of his openness in lending practices. Judd also mentioned that he could not, however, win a dime off Whitney at golf (1979).

Whitney held the following licenses, and served on the following boards:
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of Michigan
Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Michigan
Past President Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce (1960’s)
Past President Brighton Rotary Club (1956 – 1957)
Member of Brighton City Council (1956 – 1962)
City of Brighton-Board of Review, 15 years (1978 - 1993)
Member of Cleary College-Livingston, Board of Trustees
Member of State of Michigan Ski Area Safety Board (1976 – 1984) Appointed by Governor William Milliken
Member of Livingston County- Mental Health Board (1982 – 1983)
Member of Boy Scouts, Wolverine Council- Executive Board (1981 – 1985)
Member of Livingston County Republicans-Finance Chairman (1975 – 1976)
Member of Michigan Association of Real Estate Appraisers
Member Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce
Member of Brighton Jaycees
Member of Brighton, Senior Men’s Club
Served in Company G of the 34th Inf. M.S.T in 1943
St George Evangelical Lutheran Church, Treasurer
Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club (2007)

Whitney was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, June Nancy (Reed) Kimble and his grandson Ross Whitney Jacobs. He is survived by his son, David Whitney Kimble (Caroline); daughter, Nancy Kimble Jacobs (Lawrence); daughter, Diana Kimble Beaudoin (Jerry); grandsons, Christopher Reed Kimble (Danielle); Bret Alexander Beaudoin, Spencer Richard Jacobs (Erin); and great grandson, Axel David Velez Kimble.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to:
The Ross Whitney Jacobs Research Fund in Neurology #327565
University of Michigan Medicine Office of Development
1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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