George Leo Kimmet
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George Leo Kimmet, 91, of Billings, died December 28, 2013. He was born in Conception, MO on June 7, 1922 to Adam and Josephine (Rubeck) Kimmet. His family moved to Montana to farm near Sunburst in 1931 and later moved to Great Falls. He attended St. Mary's High School.
He enlisted in the army in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theatre with the 13th Combat Engineer Battalion. George fought in the Aleutian Islands and the invasions of Kwajelein Island, the Philippines and Okinawa, where he was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze service stars.
Following his service, he and his brother, Joe, purchased a farm near Sunburst. Farming was his passion. He loved working the land and working with his hands and could fix or build anything.
In 1947, he married Dolores Ann (DeDe) Dunnigan. In 1966, he sold the farm and moved to Cut Bank to work for the Texas Pipeline Company. DeDe passed away in 1979. He retired from Texaco in 1985 in Farmington, NM. George was married to Mary Dunphy of Nevada from 1986 through 1993. He moved to Billings in 1994. No matter where he lived, George was involved in the community. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree and Grand Knight), the Boy Scouts, Purple Heart, Meals on Wheels, American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge, and the Big Sky Polka Club.
Another passion was his love of dancing, particularly the polka. He and DeDe taught square dancing and he was an excellent caller. He continued to dance throughout his life and his closest friends are those with whom he spent time dancing.
Faith and family were extremely important to George. He was active in each of the parishes he attended, most recently St. Thomas Parish. He was an excellent role model for his children and grandchildren and loved to attend his grandchildren's ball games. The annual family reunion was one of the highlights of his year.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Darlene Oblander; children James (Dianna Linder) Kimmet of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Patrick (Mary Kay) Kimmet of Laurel, Steven (Jayne) Kimmet of Cairo, Egypt, and Deborah (Kathy Paxton) Kimmet of Missoula; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his 11 brothers and sisters; wife Dolores, and grandson Michael.
A Vigil service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, January 2, at the Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings, MT. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 3, at St. Thomas Church in Billings. Rite of Committal will follow at the Cavalry Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Big Sky Honor Flight.
Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 1, 2014