Richard W Kimball ObituaryOctober 7, 1932 – July 28, 2023
IN THE CARE OF
Richard W. “Dick” Kimball, Sr. was born on October 7, 1932 and left this earth to join his bride in heaven on Friday, July 28, 2023. A graduate of Omaha North High School and the University of Omaha, he embarked on a career in the United States Air Force. He and his family served assignments at bases in a number of states and countries over the years. He retired to Papillion, where he worked in his own business for a time before taking a position as Executive Director of the Papillion Chamber of Commerce. His work involved him in the early years of Midlands Hospital, where he made many life-long friends. He later helped open two government-subsidized senior living apartments, Monarch Villa in Papillion and Bellewood Courts in Bellevue, again developing relationships he cherished. His company, Kimball Management Inc. (KMI) later added additional housing to their responsibilities. He loved being involved in the community, serving on the Civil Service Commission for many years, as well as directing the Papillion Days Parade. He was also a member of the local American Legion. Dick was an avid Barbershop Quartet singer, performing in a number of groups over the years. He loved participating in Sarpy Serenaders’ activities as well as quartets such as Yesterday’s Kids. It took very little arm-twisting to get him to sing a song or two…even in the ICU at the hospital! Dick was a fan of sports and played many of them at some time in his life. He especially loved racquet sports, still challenging his grandchildren to racquetball on his 85th birthday. A highlight in his later years was a trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament with his daughters.
Apart from his love of music and his dedication to his job, Dick’s time was largely spent with family. He and his wife loved hosting everything from BBQs and birthday parties to Christmas Eve celebrations where he made sure “Santa” visited every year! His family was given the gift of bonus time with him these past two months and will be forever grateful.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife Patricia (Murphy). He is survived by his children, Patricia (Brian) Fosbrook of Maryland, Pam Hendrickson of LaVista, Gerard “Bud” (Brenda) Kimball of Papillion, Richard Jr. “Butch” (Penny) Kimball of Papillion, Jim (Cathy) Kimball of Papillion; grandchildren, Spencer, Jesse (Stephanie), Katie (fiancé Jen), and Tucker Kimball, Rachel (Blake) Stevens, Laura (Phil) Malcom, Cody (Aaron) Kimball, Blake Kimball, Jordan Kimball, Ryan Kimball; great-grandchildren, Layla, Sloan, And Hadli Kimball, Alivia and Sophia Stevens, Lily and Amelia Malcom, Sienna and Callum Kimball, Josie Schneidewind-Richey; sister Cindy Charles (Sisterbelle); special friend, Coco (Nick) Osborne; godson, Joe Osborne.
A visitation with family will be held on Sunday, August 6, from 5-7 pm at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary in Papillion. Funeral Mass Monday, August 7, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Papillion, with a graveside service at the Omaha National Cemetery at 1:30 pm.
Memorials suggested to the Sarpy Serenaders or the Columban Foreign Mission Society (Columban Fathers of Bellevue).
Reminisces by Dick Kimball from May 2018
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after months apart
By: Ruta Ulcinaite
Posted at 10:20 AM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 6:02 PM, May 25, 2021
There's nothing quite like the notes of a song coming together in perfect harmony — and there's nothing quite like old friends coming together after a pandemic spent apart. The Sarpy Serenaders are reuniting after months apart and are continuing their love for music.
"It's the music that brings us together but it's the friendships that keep us together. It's become an alternate family,” said Christopher Bakke, President of the Sarpy Serenaders.
The Sarpy Serenaders are a local barbershop singing group made of older members with a young, vibrant spirit for the craft.
Eighty-eight-year-old Richard Kimball is one of the original members and has been a barbershop singer for 52 years.
"I have never met anyone who's a barbershop that I haven't at least tolerated, " Kimball said.
But 52 years to him is not even close to being enough.
The Sarpy Serenaders had to stop because of the pandemic. Singing was found to be a highly infectious activity and the churches they practiced in were forced to shut down. Slowly, the Sarpy Serenaders lost the music.
"COVID really hurt us because we started missing each other," said Bakke.
Their alternate family was temporarily split up.
"We had some zoom meetings, they're not as good as a rehearsal," said Gene Torrens, Director of the Sarpy Serenaders.
But now, all fully vaccinated and tired of the isolation, they're back with a newfound spirit.
One of their first in-person performances since the pandemic was another young-spirited woman's 94th birthday.
"I asked her if she would like to be serenaded by some very handsome singers and she said yes. And I said, well, I don't have any handsome singers but I have a bunch of guys that would love to sing to you,” Kimball said.
"Well it was wonderful, I didn't think 94 would be so good but it was,” said Jean Gustafson, who celebrated her 94th birthday with the group.
Gustafson celebrated her birthday and the Sarpy Serenaders finally celebrated their reunion, tapping their toes to the music and getting back to that perfect harmony that seemed so far-fetched just one year ago.
The Sarpy Serenaders will be performing at the Bellevue Memorial Cemetery Monday at 10:30am for a special Memorial Day Performance. The group says they are always looking for new members - young and old.
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