East Funeral Home

602 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX


Garland Erwin KImmel

November 5, 1944June 25, 2020

Garland Erwin Kimmel, 75, of Texarkana, AR. passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was born in Denton, TX. on November 5, 1944. He grew up in Lewisville, TX where he graduated from Lewisville High School in 1963. He is a North Texas State Graduate. Served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1968. Served in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division and served a tour in Vietnam with the First Aviation Brigade as a helicopter tech inspector. He taught industrial arts for 30 years at Lewisville High School and Liberty Eylau Middle School.

Survived by his wife of 53 years Joanna Rispoli Kimmel; two sons and daughter-in-law Matthew Wade and Kandice Kimmel of Texarkana and Chad Anthony Kimmel of Dallas, TX; one brother and sister-in-law Bobby Charles and Francis Kimmel of Tulsa, OK; six grandchildren Cooper, Olivia, and Finn Kimmel of Texarkana; Shayna, Brynna and Kiana Vance of North Texas; two nieces Julie Kimmel-Harbaugh and Jana Hays both of Tulsa, OK.

Private family graveside will be Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Old Rondo Cemetery with Rev. Chad Hughes officiating.

Memorials may be made to Beech Street First Baptist Church, 601 Beech Street, Texarkana, AR. 71854

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  • Private Family Graveside

    Saturday, June 27, 2020


Garland Erwin KImmel

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Nelda Dollgener

June 28, 2020

Garland was such a nice and kind person. Ronnie and I both knew him and I graduated with him from LHS in 1963. Our sincere sympathy to Joanna and all of his family.

Shane Seabolt

June 26, 2020

He'll always be Mr. Kimmel to me. I have lots of fond memories of him as a positive male role model in the neighborhood and as my high school shop teacher. He was obviously a good father to Chad and Wade.
I remember their house being the place we usually gathered when we were kids, and Mr Kimmel cooking molten pancakes that ran out when you cut into them.
Even as a shop teacher, I never remember him being angry or impatient with his students who probably would have deserved it.

Jana Hays

June 25, 2020

My very patient Uncle taught his 16 year old niece how to drive. I wasn’t the best pupil! I remember my first lesson, he took me on the freeway in Lewisville and told me to pass a truck. I was scared to death but did it. He then said, if you can do that you can handle anything! I don’t know any other man who would have the patience he had with me, definitely not his brother my dad!

Kathy Rankin Clark

June 25, 2020

Our hearts are saddened for you, Dear Joanna, and your wonderful family as you celebrate the life of this amazing man who obviously touched so many in his 75 years. Please know we are sending our love, strength, and special memories your way.
Hugs surround you, as angel wings support you,
Love ya, Kathy and Kent