Vernal Express, The (UT)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
On Dec. 4, 1985 a light was born that would warm everyone near. Richard Brian Kimrey always had a desire to make others smile and laugh.
He packed a lifetime of experiences into his short adventure. His motto in life was to “have fun” and always enjoy the simplest pleasures. He had perfected this, from “listening to music to sledding.” He loved his knives and would beam with delight when he talked about them.
If you didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him; his laugh was a tune you couldn’t get out of your head. His smile was the sun peeking out behind a cloud on a rainy day. His heart was a long hug when you needed it most. His kindness was like good news on your worst day. His humor was a sip from the fountain of youth.
Richard was full of talents and love for so many things in life. His mind was brilliant and hadn’t received the chance to flourish yet. His love for music gave him the drive to teach himself to play guitar at an early age.
His passion for welding was remarkable and his pride in all he built was honorable. He was so excited when he started working for Winn’s Welding. He was always posting pictures of the projects he was doing there. He loved working for his boss as well as working with his coworkers that he naturally converted into his friends. Richard loved fishing, if he could have lived on a boat at the lake it would have been his paradise. He cared for all animals and always took the time to make them feel loved whether they were his or not.
I believe Richard was born to be a friend. He was the most loyal friend anyone could ever deserve. He gained friends wherever he went in his life. As a small child he met Robert who would instantly become his best friend. They were inseparable from the first day and would remain best friends for his life. Richard grew up in Brighton, Colo. but would move to Vernal to be near his best friend again, which no one would have anticipated being his last nine months with us. On Aug. 21, 2011 his light would dim far too fast, but the warmth from him will bring comfort to us all in our darkest hours. You will be forever missed and carried in our hearts until we meet again. Thank you for being a part of our lives.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
He is survived by his mother Joanne Rivera; his brothers Eric Kimrey , of Brighton, Colo.; and J.P. Rivera, Brighton, Colo; his best friend Robert Grissom, Vernal, Utah; his heart Carrie Patrick Duluth, Ga.; and many friends and family. He is preceded in death by his father William Kimrey Jr. and sister Crystal Kimrey .
We would like to thank everyone at Winn’s Welding for their compassion during this time. If anyone would like to donate to the Richard Kimrey Memorial Fund you may do so at any Wells Fargo Bank.