He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church where he was involved with the AWANA program.
He worked for 32 years for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He also volunteered at Marcella’s Kitchen.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Marie Sudds Schimmel of Gilbertsville; sons Joe Schimmel of Olympia Fields, Ill., Jeff Schimmel of Suwanee and John Schimmel of Manhattan, Ill.; daughters Janice Phutawon of Winfield, Ind., and Joyce Pratt of Calvert City; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy A. Keeling and Louise Madden. His parents were Joe S. Schimmel and Clara Watkins Schimmel.
Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 20 at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory. Bro. Brad White and Bro. Darvin Stom will officiated. Burial followed in the Calvert City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeview Baptist Church Window Fund, 2877 Lakeview Church Road, Benton, KY 42025.