Dr. Roger Lee Kimmel died on August 24, 2020, at his home in Keokuk, Iowa. He was born on November 27, 1943, in Milwaukee Wisconsin, to Robert and Clara Manes Kimmel. The eldest of three siblings, he was intelligent from a young age. Also from a young age, he enjoyed pranks and mischief with school and neighborhood friends. Roger attended Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he met his wife-to-be, Nancy Stenjem. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School in 1974. Dr. Kimmel practiced as a radiologist at Keokuk Area Hospital for many years. Roger’s wife, daughters, and grandchildren were the loves of his life. He was very close to his siblings. Roger’s Jewish faith provided him with much comfort. He is listed on the Honor Roll of the National Yiddish Book Center, where there is a shelf named in his honor. Roger loved to learn, appreciating books, astronomy, photography and the mechanisms of firearms. He loved dogs, in particular his English setter Elfstone. In his earlier years, he enjoyed traveling and wrote wonderful letters recounting his trips. He played a mean jazz piano. Roger is survived by his wife Nancy; daughters Jocelyn, April (Andrew Mitchell), and Gabrielle; brother Douglas (Joyce) and sister Vicki Artis; nephews Tad (Jane Tseng) Artis, Shane Artis, Zebadiah, and Marney (Lauren); and two grandchildren, Lila and Owen Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his mother Clara Bessie Manes Kimmel and father Robert Allen Kimmel. A graveside burial service was held at Second Home Cemetery in Greenfield, Wisconsin, at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 27, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Southeastern Renal Dialysis in Keokuk. He will be missed.
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