Robert Herman Kimball, age 79, of Shell Rock, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home after a five-year battle with prostate cancer that had metastasized.
Robert was born on Oct. 13, 1934, at the farm home of his parents, Herman C. and Wilhelmina (Minnie, nee Tiedt) Kimball north of Readlyn. He was baptized on Nov. 4, 1934, and confirmed March 21, 1948, both at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Readlyn. He received his elementary education in a one-room school, Fremont #6, and graduated from Readlyn High School in 1952.
Robert farmed with his parents after high school and on Jan. 27, 1955, he enlisted in the U. S. Army
, serving in the 10th Infantry Division in Germany during the Cold War. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1958, with the rank of Staff Sgt.
On Dec. 28, 1958, Robert was united in marriage to Bernice Annette Schulz at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Readlyn. The couple farmed in the Readlyn, Clarksville and Nashua area before moving to Shell Rock in August of 1968. He worked at various jobs before starting his career as a floor covering installer. Through the years, he installed for Sears, 2 Guys and Gades Carpet Corner before becoming independent as Bob's Floor Covering Service. He retired in September of 1998. After retirement, he drove vehicles for Shell Rock Ford and Roling Ford.
Robert was a 30-year member of the Avery-Slight American Legion Post #393 of Shell Rock and served his community on the Shell Rock Fire Department for nearly 30 years, holding various offices including chief for four years; Shell Rock Ambulance for 15 years; and City Council for six years. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing Schafskopf, camping and traveling with his wife to Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and a return to Germany on a World War II
Memorial Tour. Special memories include a trip to Padre Island, Texas, with his children and grandchildren for their 50th wedding anniversary and a "Tiger Cruise" on a submarine with his grandson, Corey Miller, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Norfolk, Va. He had an outgoing personality, enjoyed telling jokes and meeting new people; but above all, he loved his family and cherished the time spent with them and his friends.
Grateful for having shared Robert's life are his wife of 55 years, Bernice, of Shell Rock; three daughters, Annette (Luc) Mann, of Las Vegas, Sandra (Chuck) Patterson, of Pleasant Hill, Linda (Trent) Cleveland, of Metamora, Ill.; six grandchildren, Corey (Shelby) Miller, of Hampton, Va., Lindsey (Neil) Baker, of Bloomington, Ind., Daniel Patterson, of Ames, Lauren Patterson, of Manhattan, Kan., Jana Cleveland, of Normal, Ill., Timothy Cleveland, at home; one sister, Marjorie Leerhoff, of Clarksville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harvey, in infancy; Dr. Glenn Kimball (2003); Roger Kimball (2013); brother-in-law, Harland Leerhoff (2007); and sister-in-law, Virginia (Mrs. Roger) Kimball (2010).
According to his wishes, Robert has been cremated. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly where the family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly with Pastor Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Readlyn, immediately following the service with military honors conducted by the Avery-Slight American Legion Post #393 of Shell Rock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, Shell Rock Veteran's Memorial, Shell Rock Firefighter's Museum or St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements.