James Charles "Jim" Kivell (1927 - 2015)

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AURORA – Jim Kivell, 87, of Aurora, died on Tuesday morning, May 19, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Visitation was 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein and for one hour before services at the church on Friday.
The funeral service was 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the United Methodist Church, Aurora, with Pastor Allen Craft officiating. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein with Military Graveside Rites by the Aurora American Legion Post 435.
Memorial funds may be directed to the Aurora Library, Aurora Fire Department, Aurora Historical Society and Aurora Comet Center. An online obituary is available at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
James Charles Kivell was born on Nov. 8, 1927 on a farm 1 ½ miles east of Aurora the son of Charles H. and Donna Betsy (Miller) Kivell. He attended country school, Aurora Grade School and graduated from Aurora High School. Jim continued his education at Upper Iowa University at Fayette for one year. Jim served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II. as a typist for various Army hospitals. Jim returned to Aurora where he was united in marriage to Zella Darlene Gushee on June 28, 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Jim operated the family owned Oelwein Livestock Exchange from 1939 to 1986. He farmed east of Aurora and was an auctioneer for 47 years.
Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #435 for 62 years, Historical Society, Community Club and Comet Center all in Aurora. He was a member of the Lamont Masonic Lodge for 50 years and the El Kahir Shrine Lodge in Cedar Rapids for 47 years. Jim enjoyed fishing at their cabin, hunting, trapping, riding horses and all sports. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones and his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his Daughter: Jody Kivell of Aurora; 2 Sons: Bret (Jean) Kivell of Aurora & Chuck (Renee) Kivell of Aurora; 8 Grandchildren: Dustin (Jen) Gage of Cartersville, Georgia, Seth (Jes) Gage of Aurora, Kyle (Emily) Gage of North Liberty & Kinzlee Gage (fiancé: Trevor Franck) of North Liberty, Jim (Morgan) Kivell of Ely Heather (J.R.) Connolly of Quasqueton, Tyler (Kyla) Kivell of North Liberty & Kaitlin (Ross) Bartachek of North Liberty; 10 Great Grandchildren: Carson & Rhegan Gage, Kaiden & Tate Gage, Broderick & Camden Gage, Cooper & Charlotte Kivell and Nora & Elle Connolly.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Darlene on April 3, 2015; and two sisters: Fern Brownell and Gail Grove.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on May 21, 2015