Former Galesburg Mayor Robert Kimble dies at 92

Service seemed to be a running theme in Robert Kimble’s life.

The former Galesburg mayor passed away Monday at the age of 94.

Kimble served as a Knox County Board member, Galesburg alderman and mayor from 1977 to ’81.

He was born in Chicago, and after quitting high school went to work for the Mack Truck Company.

Kimble answered his nation’s call twice, serving in World War II, then the Korean War, before working for Burlington Truck Lines which he and his family to Galesburg.

He was also heavily involved in the American Legion, VFW, Central Congregational Church, Rotary, Boy Scouts of America and United Way.

Kimble’s interest in government and community service obviously had an effect on his kids; son Fred would go on to be mayor in 1989, and another son Ron is the Deputy City Manager for Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce honored Kimble with the Thomas Herring Community Service Award in 1995.

According to his obituary from Hinchliffe-Pearson-West, he was instrumental in the entity changing from the Community Chest to the United Way.

Visitation for Robert Kimble will be Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Hinchliffe-Pearson-West, with memorial services starting at 11:00 a.m.