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In 1918 after some experience in truck logging near Kirkland, Washington, Kimbel formed a partnership with other in logging activities. He then branched into heavy construction in which he manufactured pile drivers. He also operated the Kimbel Motor car agency and in partnership with another man operated a Richfield Oil distributorship. He served five terms as a city councilman and commissioner. He later served on the city planning commission.
In 1950 on his 60th birthday, Kimbel climbed a 100-foot Douglas fir tree and chopped off its top as part of the Loggers' Sports Show in Shelton, Washington.
Jungblut, Lyn Klavitter. "Captain Richard A. Kimbel," Unpublished family history.