Kimbrely Sue (Hutchings) Ringle, of South Bend, fondly also referred to as “Kimmie”, departed this world on April 5th, 2022 at the age of 64. She was taken from us suddenly of natural causes at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
She was born in Plymouth, IN on April 29th, 1957 to the late Robert Hutchings and Phyllis Jean (Batta) Hutchings who preceded her in death along with her sister Debra (Hutchings) Hepler.
She spent a large part of her childhood at her aunt and uncle’s farm, the VanVactor’s. She had many fond memories of her extended family and working on the farm. She quickly became friends with the migrant families who worked there that became lifelong friends. She attended Plymouth High School where she was a sprinter on the track team and a member of the choir.
She gave birth to her daughter April (Jeff) Daugherty of South Bend, the day before her 21st birthday. Celebrating their birthdays together every year since. Kim was insanely proud of her daughter and her grandchildren Blayne Doll, Caden Daugherty, and Karrigan Daugherty all of South Bend. She was very actively involved in their lives and was the best grandma ever. She will fondly be remembered for her masterful coloring skills with her grandchildren.
Also surviving are her brother Robert “Bob” Hutchings of Rochester, many nieces and nephews, and her dog Bobby whom she loved dearly.
Kimmie worked in fiberglass manufacturing most of her life. She worked at Ristance, Aker Plastics, and Bremen Glass, making numerous friends along the way. She “Worked Hard for the Money” as she commonly sang to in karaoke. She retired as disabled in 2008, from the terminal illness COPD. In her later years she became very fragile and struggled hard to maintain her health.
Kimmie wore her heart on her sleeve but wasn’t afraid to tell anyone how it is. Her friends and family remember her for the spunky, social, jokester that she was. She made fast friends everywhere she went because she had a magnetic personality. She was real, caring, and thoughtful. When not socializing, she loved listening to music, watching TV, and Notre Dame Sports. Her favorite celebrities were Lucille Ball, Perry Mason, Michael Jackson, and Bruno Mars. She was also an avid fan of crime dramas. She was most proud of her encounter with Hulk Hogan while on vacation at Clearwater Beach. She never missed a Notre Dame football game and loved their women’s basketball program too.
“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”― Michael Jackson
Friends and family are encouraged to visit on Thursday April 14th , 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will immediately follow at 7 p.m. with Life Celebrant James Smart officiating.
Family burial will be in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family.
Caryn Durski, Funeral Director
Felix Salazar says
I remembered Kimmie from when we were kids. My Dad worked for the VanVactor family, so there is where I got to meet Kimmie. Wild and crazy and funny girl! She and the VanVactor girls would have slumber parties at our house, so u know how rowdy she could be! I would like to convey my condolences and deepest sympathies to her family. Prayers as well.
Rich Vargo says
So sorry for her loss. We used to say good morning every day on Facebook. Sounds like she had a wonderful life. May God rest her soul.
Gary tharp and family says
So very srry April and family but rest assured she is with so many people that went to heaven past and present that til u see her again she’s in good company Here if we can help
Carol Landrie Conn says
Such a beautiful write up for Kimmie..she will be missed..I remember when I met her over 20 years ago she scared the pants off me..lol. I didn’t know how to take her but as time went along I learned how to take her. I always appreciated her bold honesty..she was real and that’s what I respected her for . We had some good times cutting up at Wrights Landing…Mayflower.. she was a little firecracker yet she truly had a loving heart. She was a very hard worker..never expected anyone to pave the way for her. She was a go getter!!! She def. loved her daughter… Very much! Gosh I hate to hear she has passed.. she is missed. There will never ever be another like her.. she was one in a million. Rest easy Kimmie.. Carol
Rita (Murphy)) Miller says
My condolences to Kimmies family!! She was a beautiful soul whom I will miss dearly!! She was my second sister while we were growing up!! I love 💕 you Kimmie!!
Leslee Ewald says
You were a spunky and beautiful person!
We had a lot of good times back in the day!
Now you can be joined with your beloved hubby Dennis!
Rest In Peace my friend!
You will be missed!
Andrea Engelhardt says
April and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Death is truly our greatest enemy. I hope that “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers” as you go through this hard time.
Thinking of you and sending love.
Connie lawton says
Kim, I’ll always cherish all our memories together, and thats alot!! You were like a part of our family(Hardesty)
You will b deeply missed love u always
So very sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. She was an awesome lady. She will be dearly missed.
Christine Van Vactor says
Dave and I are so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. Dave has so many fun memories of her in the Van Vactor family.
Dave and Chris Van Vactor
Sue Bruneau says
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful testimony of her life! God bless.
Sue Kucera Class of 74
Michael Donaldson says
My Sincere Condolences to the Family of Kimmie. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed & loved.
Mary Hostetler says
I met Kimmie back in the 80s, at the Mayflower tended bar she was always so much fun and a loving mother. Just like alot of people she work hard for everything she had,was always there too lend a hand when needed know is is with her husband Dennis which is missed so much,so have a toast to we meet again.April my thoughts go out too you and your family love always Kimmie.
Randy johnson says
April , I just now found out .
I am so sorry to o hear this . I will always have great memories with you guys . From being at wrights landing to the trip from Florida with a car full of people but we made it ………….. Kim willl be missed Great times . …