Junior was a veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart. After the war, on June 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Geneva Archer Rimel. They had four children and made their home in Cabool from 1947 to 1997. He bought his first milk route in 1947 and then worked as a truck driver for Mid-America Dairymen from 1966-1984, when he retired.
Junior and Geneva moved to Rogers, Arkansas, in 1997, to be near three of their children. During their retirement, they traveled and made many trips by car around the country until Geneva passed away in 2002. He loved his family and driving trucks, it was all he ever wanted to do. He was known as “Junior” his whole life, because of his resemblance to his father and as his constant companion as a boy. He had an infectious laugh, was a fan of country music and played guitar as a younger man. He and our mother Geneva were a devoted couple and wonderful parents.
Junior was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva and his sisters, Betty Carroll and Eva Marie Hartman. He is survived by his children, Roger Rimel of St. Louis, MO, Connie Hatton of Rogers, AR, Chris Rimel of Centerton, AR, and Lori Bridgeford of Decatur, AR; also five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Graveside services were held at 1:00PM, Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Cabool Cemetery with Terry Brown officiating. Interment was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral