Colonel Robert E. Kimmel, Senior, USAF (retired), passed away on January 9, 2018 in Riverside CA, where he lived most of his life.

Colonel Kimmel was born on June 10, 1915, in Rockford, Ohio, to Ralph and Fannie Kimmel. Born into a farming family, Bob and his siblings learned the value of hard work on the farm. Bob valued education, and earned an associate degree while tending the farm for his family.  He graduated from Rockford High School and still has friends in Rockford including
Dan Henkle.


On November 17, 1945, Bob married Marie Annette (Anita) Yale of New York City. They began their married life in Washington, DC.


Bob was predeceased by Anita on February 6, 2017. He is survived by his two sons, Lt Col Robert E. Kimmel, Jr., USAF (retired) and his wife, Col Karen D. Kimmel, USAF (retired) of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Lt Col James W. Kimmel, USAF (retired), and his wife Karen Sue Kimmel of Fountain Hills, Arizona; two granddaughters, Stacey E. Kimmel Gearhart and her husband, Mark, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and LCDR Stephanie V. Kimmel Thomas, USCG, and her husband, CDR Steve Thomas, USN, of Norfolk, Virginia; two great-granddaughters, Virginia Eleanor Gearhart and Ella Grace Thomas; and one great-grandson, Hugh Robert Gearhart. 

Bob shortly joined the Army in the  Aviation Cadet Program in October 1940 as World War II was gearing-up. During his aviation career in some of the toughest fighting of the war, he survived 50 combat missions. He was awarded: the Silver Star in 1942 for gallantry in action;  the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and earned the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He flew a B-17 in both the European and Pacific theaters until the war was over. Bob’s bravery is documented in several scholarly books about the war.

According to his obituary, during the war, Bob flew with the best including: Major Paul Tibbets of Enola Gay fame; Major General Jimmy Doolittle who ran the North African Campaign; and Major General Ira Eaker. Bob met with and  briefed Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower; as well as met President Roosevelt in North Africa. As a dedicated and talented pilot, Bob was often employed on missions with the high-stakes players of the war.

One his combat missions were over, Bob became the Chief Pilot and Executive Assistant for General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, who later became the first Chief of Staff of the newly created U.S. Air Force. Bob spent 5 years in the role.
Following his military retirement,  Bob and his family retired to Riverside, CA and he began a long real estate career with Sam Armstrong Realty. He retired from that career in 2008. 

A celebration of this patriot’s lifetime achievements was conducted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Victoria Club. A private burial with full military honors was conducted at a later date at the Riverside National Cemetery.


Click here for an award that he received in his community of Riverside, CA and a WWII picture of the B-17 he flew named the Mercer County Special - published and linked  in the Press Enterprise




Annetta “Betty” Marie Siebert, age 94, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio at 11:45 am, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  She was born November 7, 1923, in Celina, to the late Charles and Anna (Tegler) Siebert. 

Surviving is a brother, Paul (Lela) Siebert, Neptune, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Walter Siebert, Esther Rasawehr, Wilhelmina Gambrel, Bertha Waggoner, Robert Siebert, Florence Berning, Irvin Siebert, Louella Seddelmyer, and Lee Siebert. 

Annetta was a 1941 graduate of Celina Senior High School.  She retired from Reynolds and Reynolds in Celina after 20 years of service. 

She was a very active member of St. John Lutheran Hopewell Church in Celina, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the women’s group.

Annetta loved nature, she enjoyed gardening, walks in the woods and watching the Cincinnati Reds.   

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Hopewell Church, 9009 State Route 118, Celina, Ohio 45822, with Rev. Karen Tamorria, officiating, where the family will receive friends from 10:00 am – 11:00 am prior to the service at the church.

Graveside services will follow at Buck Cemetery in Celina. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the church. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

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