Dan Austin Kimsey, 79, of Parkersburg, passed away at the Ohio State University Medical Center, June 5, 2014.
The fifth son of the late Everett and Essie Anderson Kimsey, he was born on Sept. 16, 1934, at South Portsmouth, Ky.
Dan joined the Air Force in October 1951. He was a proud member of the 91st Air Refueling Squadron and a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. After retiring in 1971 after 20 years of service, Dan had a successful career in the insurance industry. Upon retiring for the second time, he began a third career as the owner/operator of the Orange Julius in the Grand Central Mall. Dan was a member of Vienna Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher. He had been a faithful servant of the Lord since June 5, 1960. He was a member of the Marshall University Bison Club, Marshall Big Green Club and an avid supporter of Marshall athletics.
On June 20, 1954, Dan married his high school sweetheart, Freda Farley. They were blessed with three daughters, Debbie (Darrell) Clark, Karen (Chris) Kimsey-Sward and Vicki Lytle. He has five grandchildren, Danell Moore, Dustin Clark, Kelsey Sward, Carter Sward and Chance Lytle; as well as eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Robert Kimsey of Georgia; a special nephew, Robert W. Kimsey of Georgia; along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, with Dr. Bill Brown and Dr. Gerald Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery at Arlington, Va., with full military rites. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
Memorial donations can be sent to The Vision Campaign for Athletic Facilities, Marshall University Department of Athletics, P.O. Box 1360, Huntington, WV 25715.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com