George Ng Kimm Jr.(1931 - 2013)

George Ng Kimm, Jr. May 14, 1931 - January 15, 2013 George Ng Kimm, Jr., entered into eternal life on January 15, 2013. A lifelong resident of Bakersfield, George was born on May 14, 1931, the eldest son of George Ng Kimm, Sr., and Rose Choo Kimm. After attending Hawthorne Elementary School, Emerson Junior High School, Bakersfield High School, and Bakersfield College, he earned a B.S. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (1954), majoring in agricultural services and inspection and entomology. He also served as a meat inspector as part of the Veterinary Corps of the U.S. Army. For 54 years he was married to the love of his life, Germaine Lee Kimm of Fresno. Together they caringly and supportively raised four children. Particularly after their children were grown, George and Germaine traveled together extensively, visiting countries as diverse as Thailand and France, as well as many parts of the U.S. They had a very active social life, too, seemingly jumping from party to party. The dedicated manager of the Farmer John Egg Co. ranches for 42 years, he spent much of his free time doing volunteer work. From 1969 on, he was a fixture at the Houchin Community Blood Bank, eventually setting the county record for the most blood donated by an individual. He is still the record holder today, with a lifetime total of just one pint shy of 33 gallons. In recognition of his extraordinary commitment to blood donation, he received a number of awards, including induction into the national Baxter Donation Hall of Fame, the Kern County Red Cross Real Heroes Award, and the Beautiful Bakersfield Award. After his retirement, he expanded his role at the blood bank by creating and serving in the position of a host for blood donors enjoying refreshments in the "canteen" after their donation. A faithful Catholic who attended mass daily, George took very seriously his duties as an usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. He happily accepted the invitation to join the parish branch of the Italian Catholic Federation--despite the scarcity of other Chinese members--and he was always eager to cook for the pancake breakfast or take his turn serving coffee and donuts on behalf of the group. The many friends he made at the parish enriched his later years. George was the proud descendant of two pioneer Chinese families in Bakersfield, the Ng Hon Kim and Choo Ly families, and always strived to instill in his children and grandchildren the value of remembering and honoring their heritage. In 1993 he became the first member of his family to set foot in his ancestral village in China in more than 120 years. Later, he gladly contributed many recollections to a book on the history of the Chinese in Kern County. He was a member of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the Chinese American Association of Kern County, and the Kern County Historical Society. He will be missed especially by his wife, Germaine Kimm; his son, The Rev. Gregory Kimm; his sons and daughters-in-law, Gardner & Pandora Kimm and Glenn & Mary Ann Kimm; his daughter and son-in-law, GeAnn Kimm & Alex Gansch; his beautiful granddaughters, Jennifer, Phoebe, Jessica, Paige, and Julianna Kimm; his sister, Jeannette Young; his brother, Daniel Kimm; and a large extended family. His family is grateful to Dr. Warren Wisnoff and to all who were so supportive during his long illness . All are invited to a memorial mass on Saturday, January 26 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus St., Bakersfield. The family encourages in lieu of flowers a gift in memory of George Kimm, devoted volunteer, to the Houchin Community Blood Bank, 5901 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Funeral Home

Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
9101 Kern Canyon Road Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 366-5766

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2013