Donald H. Kimpel, 75, of Sheboygan, passed away on November 8, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 27, 1948, to the late Harvey and Margaret (Stiel) Kimpel. Donny was born and raised in Fond du Lac and was a graduate of Goodrich High School. After his high school graduation, he proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971.
Donny had an immense love of music and at any given time could be found playing with one of the local bands on the weekend. He was known around town as “Little E” and never missed an opportunity to sing an Elvis tune, draped in one of his flashy rhinestone covered capes. In his spare time, he also loved the challenge of a great cribbage match. When he wasn’t strumming a tune on his guitar, you could find him at the local bowling alley or out and about on the links playing a round or two of golf. He also loved watching and rooting for his favorite local sports teams, The Brewers and The Packers.
Donny is survived by his beloved wife Linda Kimpel; four children Michelle (Brent) Perronne, Tamara Hass, John (Tanya) Weigel and Harriett (Steve) Racicot; fourteen grandchildren Devin, Erik (Tina), Olivia (fiancé Michael), Sophia, Frankie, Cody, Logan, Ruby, Trisha, Beau, Kara (Clark), Hannah, Joel and Jeanette; two great-grandchildren and one great-grandson on the way; two brothers David (Sharie) Kimpel and Gary (Diana) Kimpel; son-in-law Brian Oestreich; sisters-in-law Ruby Klokow “Sassy Sissy”, Charlene (Charles) Capetillo and Judy Post; brother-in-law Dale Maxey; brother-in-law Jack Maxey (Karen), special friends Vicki (Gary) Sixel, Rosie (Bob) Loehr. He is also survived my numerous special friends, and relatives.
Donny is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Carol Oestreich; brothers Richard Kimpel, Phillip Kimpel, Gene (Marj) Stiel, son-in-law Frank Hass, brother-in-law Larry Maxey (Nancy), brother-in-law Wayne (Rose), and brother-in-law Richard (Corrine).
A memorial service for Donny will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 3:00 pm at First Congregational Church, 310 Bluff Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081. The family will greet guests from 1:00 pm until the time of the service. Military funeral honors will immediately follow the service at First Congregational Church. If you are unable to join the family in person, the memorial service will be livestreamed on Donny’s obituary page of the funeral home’s website.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Cedar Grove Gardens for the extraordinary care and compassion they provided Donny in the eight years he was a resident at their facility. We would also like extend our most sincere gratitude to the entire Hospice Team that provided care for Donny in his final days.