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Arthur R. Kalmbacher III
“Rip”

August 15, 1949 – November 15, 2015

Arthur R. Kalmbacher III, known fondly as “Rip,” age 66, of Bear, DE, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

A native Delawarean, Rip was born in Wilmington on August 15, 1949, and was the son of Arthur R. Kalmbacher, Jr. and the late June (Johnson) Kalmbacher. He retired after many years of dedicated service from the DuPont Company where he made his career as a research technician.

Rip was a lifelong learner who enjoyed politics and reading. He was an automobile enthusiast and was especially fond of GM muscle cars. An avid Philadelphia sports fan, Rip looked forward to cheering on his favorite teams each season. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man who adored spending time with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren.

Rip was preceded in death by his mother, June; beloved wife, Linda J. (Sturgis) Kalmbacher; and twin sons, Peter and Paul. He is survived by his father, Arthur, Jr.; children, Jeremy M. Kalmbacher (Jessica), Andrea M. Snyder (Michael) and Melissa D. Currey (Christopher); sister, Debbie Fisher; and grandchildren, Colt Currey and Abbygail Kalmbacher.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

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  1. Pat Lonard, November 18, 2015

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. He was a kind and wonderful neighbor, always there to help when needed. I will truly miss him.

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  2. Matthew Gardner, November 18, 2015

    The Gardner Family from Oregon, California, Minnesota and Maine send our deepest condolences.

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  3. Suzanne (Suzy) Shields, November 18, 2015

    Even though I have not seen Rip in many years. I remember him, as a nice, thoughtful good looking guy. I have thought of all you many times. Wish we, and our Mom’s saw each other more often. I am sorry for your loss. And peace be with you. Suzy

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  4. Brenda S. Thompson, November 18, 2015

    Dear Andrea, Melissa & Family,

    My deepest sympathy to both of you and your extended family. I know what a difficult time this has to be for you both. Know my prayers are with you. Stay strong for each other. My love to you. xo

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  5. Debra Combs, November 19, 2015

    I was saddened to read of Rip’s passing this past Sunday. Rip, Debbie, June, Arty and many other friends and acquaintances share/shared fun and awesome times during the high school years and beyond…our “glory days”. Then, as what often occurs, our adult lives took precedence and I, for one, unfortunately lost touch. But, memories are embedded in my mind and I know that Rip’s death has been sorely felt by all who knew him. Peace

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  6. Eric & Chris Hudson, November 19, 2015

    Melissa and Christopher we are so sorry for the loss of your father. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Michele Valentine, November 19, 2015

    Melissa, Andrea, Jeremy:

    My thoughts and prayers our with your family at this time. Art was a good neighbor always had the friendly wave. Remember all the great times and just those little things your dad did to put a smile on your face . God Bless all of you

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  8. John Thompson Jr., November 19, 2015

    So sorry and surprised to hear about RIP.
    Like someone said our lives change and we lose touch but not forgotten. RIP and I started at DuPont about the same time and I was lucky to be partnered with him for about two years. We each had a different sense of humor and we played off of each other. Back then DuPont was a great place to work and we made it a hoot. RIP and I constantly out performed the other teams and had fun doing it. Mr. Kalmbacher (Arty) was a Main Shop Supervisor at the time and I had the opportunity to go work for him. My Dad knew Arty and always held him above the other Supervisors because of his integrity and honesty so getting to work with the original was an honor.
    Rip was very analytical and moved into the research division so the team was split up. We stayed in touch for a while and when the family responsibilities came along we lost touch. I did get to meet Deb who I leaned on for my banking needs.
    Rip left us too early but MR. and Mrs K raised some good people and the world was better with them. I recently had to take a medical retirement and I can’t make the service but my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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