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Ed Kimmel

July 15, 1928 — August 30, 2019

Edmond D. Kimmel, age 91 of Crystal, passed away at his home under the loving care of his family and Sparrow Hospice.

Ed was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois and moved to Crystal, Michigan as a young child. After graduating from Crystal High School he attended Ferris Institute where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and played basketball and baseball. Ed served in the Korean War and returned home to marry Joan and raise 3 daughters. They made their home in Crystal where he and Joan opened Kimmel’s Pharmacy. They went on to establish Kimmel’s Hallmark Card Shops in Lansing which they ran for over 20 years. Later, Ed’s love of fitness and nutrition led him to pursue his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University.

Ed inspired everyone around him to set new goals and challenge themselves. Whether he was training for his 20 consecutive Boston Marathons, biking across the United States and Ireland, or preparing for his next triathlon, he never gave up and he met each new challenge with a positive attitude and a smile on his face. He achieved his pilots license, became a certified scuba diver and opened a dive shop, played the violin and piano, and became a personal trainer and nutritionist. His curiosity was limitless.

Ed was always young at heart which was evident by his eagerness to join in his kids, grandkids or great grandkids latest endeavors. His last swim was at age 90 across his beloved Crystal Lake and shortly after he finished his last road race, the Crystal Run Around the Lake. He was always there for his family and friends - as a coach, and a mentor and our biggest fan.

Surviving Ed is his wife of 66 years, Joan; his children, Cindy and Larry Cusack; Teresa Boyd; Brenda Kimmel; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Tom Burns; Charlie Cusack; Charlotte Boyd and Michael C. Powell; Henry Boyd and Lilly Boyd; great grandchildren, Tommy; Aidan; Reilly; Tucker and Rose Burns; brother, Harold (Beverly) Kimmel and his loving nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Alice (Tucker) Kimmel; grandson, Eddie Cusack and a brother, Donald Kimmel.

In honoring Ed’s wishes no formal funeral ceremony will be held.

For anyone wanting to make a memorial donation in Ed’s memory the family suggests you direct them to either Crystal Township Park Redevelopment (217 E. Park St., Crystal, MI 48818) or Sparrow Hospice Services (1322 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 204, Lansing, MI 48912).
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