J. Russell "Russ" Kimmel, a retired tire company executive, died Friday from pancreatic cancer at his Reisterstown home. He was 84.
The son of a tire company owner and a homemaker, John Russell Kimmel — he never used his first name — was born in Baltimore and raised in Oakenshawe.
He attended Calvert Hall College High School and left in 1945 to join his father, Charles E. Kimmel, who had established the Kimmel Tire Co. in 1938 on Mount Royal Avenue.
From 1954 to 1956, he served in the Coast Guard. He returned to the tire business, where he was joined by two brothers who expanded the business to include 45 stores in Maryland, Virginia and several other Mid-Atlantic states.
They sold the business in 2003 to Monroe-Matic, which has headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Kimmel married Mary Garrity in 1949, and the couple lived in the Fox Chapel neighborhood in Lutherville. She died in 1987.
Mr. Kimmel enjoyed swimming and had been a member of the Baltimore Country Club for nearly 60 years. He regularly worked out at the Towson YMCA, where he also was a member of its board.
He had volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and served meals to the homeless at the Franciscan Center.
In 1990, he married Jane Marie Curley. They enjoyed taking cruises and spending winters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Kimmel was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kimmel is survived by his daughter, Susan Kimmel McCormick of Reisterstown; a stepson, Robert E. Curley of Waynesboro, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Jane Curley Hogge of Timonium and Janet Curley Menton of Ellicott City; two brothers, Frank R. Kimmel of Towson and Charles R. Kimmel of Vero Beach, Fla.; a sister, Joyce Sturm of Hilton Head, S.C.;
and 11 grandchildren.
An earlier version of this obituary published omitted the name of a survivor, his sister, Joyce Sturm of Hilton Head, S.C. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.
J. Russell 'Russ' Kimmel, tire executive
He and his family expanded Kimmel Tire to include 45 stores
J. Russell Kimmel
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