Robert Doyle Kimbrough

obit-robertletchercropRobert Doyle Kimbrough was born May 9, 1944, and died suddenly Sept. 13 at his home in Estancia. He was 72. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Elizabeth Kimbrough from Pennsylvania; and his son and granddaughters, Robert Doyle Kimbrough, Jr., Charlie, Ellen and McKenzie, from Washington; sister, Jean Stewart, currently residing in Washington; stepchildren, Joe Kimbrough of Oregon, Vicki Verochio and Darren Webb of Washington and their children, Joe, Michael, Randall, Angela, Madeline, Morgan and Derrick; Bruce and Carole Jaffa, long-time friends, live in Alaska. They have three grown children whom “Uncle Bob” considered family: Sarah, Benjamin, and Jacob. Robert’s parents, Jean and Doyle Kimbrough have already passed away and now await his arrival in heaven. Bob graduated from Ballard High school in Seattle, and shortly after joined the U.S. Navy. He spent part of his service at Sandpoint Naval Base in Seattle. Following his time in the service, Bob performed a variety of work until he joined the Seattle Boilermakers Union, Local 104. Bob married Virginia in Seattle and with three young children traveled to Kotzebue and Fairbanks, Alaska, to live and work there for several years. They returned to Seattle to have their son Robert Jr. Bob worked in the Northwest area as a journeyman boilermaker, layout-man, ship-fitter and craftsman. He worked for shipyards, Todd’s, Lockheed, Lake Union Drydock, Marco and others as a Shop Steward and often crew leader. He was recruited, due to his skill and personality to travel to California as part of a special crew on high security military projects. At the conclusion of that work, Bob traveled to Alaska for several years as a field construction boilermaker working on large industrial projects including installation and repair to boilers, refineries and power plants. He returned to California and found work in security in the fast-growing Silicone Valley. He worked to protect his crew from hazards and advance the general wellbeing of his coworkers by example and negotiation. Bob was able to reason with those who often found his personality and approach irresistible. A good story with strong suggestions was Bob’s style and a method that got results. He was appreciated and loved by friends and workmates. Bob was a dependable, strong and stable person, and was well-respected until his retirement. Looking for a rural and reasonable place Bob settled in Estancia, where he spent his remaining years. He will have a graveside, military funeral at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. He will be interred Oct. 7 at 2:15 p.m.