Jerome “Jerry” George Kimball, the first of 12 children of Lloyd and Frieda (Kelz) Kimball, was born April 27, 1932, in Sherburne, MN. His childhood years were spent in Everly, IA where he received his education, graduating from Everly High School in 1949. After graduating from Iowa State University’s Farm Operations program, he was employed as a dairy quality assurance manager. He entered the military serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from November 1952 until his honorable discharge in November 1954.
Just out of the Army, he worked as a hired hand on the M.C. Thiessen farm north of Everly. His dream was to own 200 acres of farmland and to raise his family on the farm. Jerry married Beverly Mugge on March 27, 1955, in Spencer, IA at First English Lutheran Church. Jerry’s faith was a very important part of his life which he continued to exemplify until his final days. He was active in his church and community serving on various agricultural boards. He was a member of the American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 in Spencer and active with the Spencer Activity Center. Jerry and Bev enjoyed spending winters in Texas; golfing, fishing, playing horseshoes and most of all, enjoyed playing pinochle with his friends, children, and grandchildren.
Jerry passed away on September 22, 2021, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly in June 2011; sister, Charlotte Duff; brothers-in-law: Lester Dykstra, Wally Nova, Bill Smith, Terry Brown, and Loyal Schwisow.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Debra (Steve) Droll of Iowa City, IA; Diane Kimball (Steve Homan) of Ayrshire, IA; Brad (Julia) Kimball of Washington, IA; and Teresa (Jeff) Patterson of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren: Ashley (Kevin) Droll, Zach (Mikaila) Droll, Brian (Kari) Schmidt, Amy (Alex) Bair, Austin (Carri) Schmidt, Brock (Cassidy) Kimball, Lauren (Brad) Kimball, Morgan Kimball, Michael Kimball, Charlie (Emily) Patterson, Anna Patterson and Truman Patterson; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings: Barbara Dykstra, Arlene Nova, Mary Schwisow, Roger Kimball, Sharon (Richard) Weeden, Joan (Harlan) Dirks, Donald (Aming) Kimball, Jill Smith, Jean Brown and Kent (Joan) Kimball; and many friends.