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John Lewis Immel

Birth Date: January 25, 1934
Death Date: October 26, 2017

John Lewis Immel, 83 of Oakland, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017.  He was born in Dallas, TX on January 25, 1934. John was the son of the late Chester W. Immel and Mary Jane Willis Immel.  John graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, TX.  He continued his education, graduating medical school from the University of Texas at Galveston.  John served as a Medical Officer in the United States Air Force for two years.  Following the serve, John began a private practice of internal medicine and gastroenterology in Oakland that would span the next 35 years.

In 1965 while practicing at Samuel Merritt Hospital, Dr. Immel met the love of his life, Roberta (Bobby) Turner.  They were married May 1, 1966.

John enjoyed traveling, skiing, and studying fine wines.  Dr. Immel’s quest of knowledge kept him reading and studying a wide range of topics.  He and his wife were staunch fans of Bay Area sports teams, particularly the Oakland Raiders for whom they had season tickets since the 1960’s.

John is survived by his loving wife, Roberta (Bobby) Turner Immel; four cousins, Michael Willis, St. Louis, Missouri, Kristin Cox, Austin, TX;  Stephen Willis, Taos, New Mexico, and Rodger West, Nashville, Tennessee.

A Viewing will be held, Thursday, November 9 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Julia Morgan Chapel at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm.  A Memorial Contribution may be made in Dr. Immel’s Memory to the Parkinson Foundation.

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November 9, 2017
11:00 am
- 1:00 pm
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home
4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611
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Funeral Service
November 9, 2017
1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home
4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611
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November 5, 2017
2:30 pm
Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum
4499 Piedmont Ave Oakland, CA 94611
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  1. Dear Bobby, I am so sorry to hear that John is gone from this life. It was always very reassuring to know that there was such a fine doctor(along with a wonderful nurse!) living right across the street. He was also a great neighbor. I’ll never forget how you and John opened your home to my mother when her new apartment wasn’t yet available. And one time John let me tag along with the two of you to a private party in honor of a soccer team from Yugoslavia. This was quite an adventure for me as I was an extremely late bloomer. When I went out on the balcony, one of the soccer stars grabbed me! I wasn’t offended – rather I was flattered that I was noticed. But, of course, I quickly moved back inside, glad that I would be safe leaving the party with a tall, older man. Thanks also to you for all the wonderful baby gifts you gave to my sons who share your birthday and for taking my mother and me to fun places(like Potpourri on Redwood Road) Fondly Remembering You Always, Ann

  2. From Jackie

    Written by: Jackie Fleming Fonken

    Dear Bobbi,
    I am sending my deepest sympathy to you. I remember John as a wonderful man and Doctor and I always thought he was lucky to have found such a sweetheart of a lady to be his wife.
    It is a tough transition for you, but I hope you are well and that you are still able to carry on.
    May God bless John’s soul and your future years.
    With friendship of many years gone by,
    Jackie Fleming Fonken

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