Stanley (Sake) Kimm, 89, died April 4, 2015. He was born on Sept. 11, 1925, to Jacob and Agnes (VanderWal) Kimm in Rinsumageest, Friesland, The Netherlands. He was raised on a farm in Adorp, Groningen, which later provided a hiding place for him and several other young men during the German occupation of Holland in order to avoid being drafted into the German Army.
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Following World War II, and after serving in the Dutch Army in Indonesia, Stanley immigrated to America and joined his family, who had settled in Montana two years prior.
As an immigrant, he was sponsored by the Henry Kimm family, arriving in the Gallatin Valley in July of 1950. He worked for Jake Dykema, a local potato farmer, for a few years, and then spent four years at the Yellowstone Pine sawmill in Belgrade.
In 1958, Stanley began farming in Manhattan and raised his first crop of potatoes. That same year, he met and married Cornelia (Correy) Oudman, a Dutch immigrant to Alberta, Canada. Together, they continued to raise potatoes and a family of three on their Manhattan farm. Faith, hard work, and compassion was the normal way of life in which Martin, Monalta and Jake were blessed to grow up.
They later moved to the community of Three Forks, Montana.
Stanley is survived by his three children, Martin (Sue) Kimm of Manhattan, Montana, Monalta (Dave) Duffin of Strathmore, California, and Jake (Colleen) Kimm of Toston, Montana; grandchildren, Taylor (Casie) Kimm, Abby Kimm, Jake (Jenna) Duffin, Geostan Duffin, Coby Duffin, David (Katie) Kimm, Weston (Rachel) Kimm, and Travis Kimm; great-grandchildren, Sage, Laci, Trace, and Millie Kimm; and numerous nieces and nephews. Stanley is also survived by his brother, Pete (Fenna) Kimm; and his sisters, Grace Douma and Alice (Don) Douma.
He was preceded in death by, Correy, his wife of 50 years; sister, Minnie Knottnerus and her husband, Leonard; brother, Alex Kimm and his wife Claire, and brother-in-law, Alvin Douma.
Memorials may be made in Stanley's name to the Methodist Church, 601-5th Ave. E, Three Forks, MT 59752 or to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation (memo line: Dialysis Center), 915 Highland Blvd, Ste 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Three Forks.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2015