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KIMMEL - John March 13. 2016, was born in Meester Cornelis (after 1949, the name was changed to Djatinegara) on the island of Java, Indonesia. In a family of eleven children (10 boys, 1 girl) he was the second oldest son of Johannes Kimmel and Im Moy Tjia. During WWII, John's schooling was interrupted during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia and he spent a year in a work camp during the war's final year. After the war, he finished his schooling and became a Merchant Marine. During this time, he met the teenage Ellenor Alting-Siberg of Medan in Sumatra (she was 12 years his junior) when delivering a present from his brother to her sister. Years later John and Elly met again in the Netherlands and eventually were married in 1958 in Helmond. In 1960 they had their first son, Terence. Three months later the family moved to the United States where they settled in Buffalo. They had a second child, Larry, who died as an infant in 1961. Besides working at Bethlehem Steel, John was Chief Stationary Engineer at the downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library until his retirement. After Elly's death in 2007, John became a regular visitor of the Grand Island Golden Age Center, hanging out with the local pool sharks there and enjoying the hot lunches. A fan of public broadcasting television and documentaries, he was also fascinated by anything on the subject of World War II, always interested in learning more about the war he was a civilian participant in. Due to his son's involvement in the Buffalo micro-budget filmmaking community, in recent years John became an unlikely but easygoing patron of the cinema arts, helping co-produce (with John's money and Terry's suggestions) a few local feature films under the company name Impulsive Indo Investments, starting with the 2011 zombie film The Final Night and Day ("Can you actually make money doing this?"), and including the more recent horror-comedy Killer Rack (2015) and also co-sponsoring last year's Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. He is survived by his son Terry (wife Amy). The rest of his family are in the Netherlands and Australia: siblings Hank (deceased), Frans (deceased), Emile (deceased), Dora (deceased), Wim, Kees, Janus, Gerard, Tony and Frederik (deceased); plus nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and -nieces. Friends may call Saturday 10 AM -1 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave, where funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.