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  • Richard "Dick" Kimball
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Aug 5 2023

    Richard W Kimball Obituary

    October 7, 1932 – July 28, 2023
    Kahler-Dolce Mortuary
    Image of Dick KimballRichard 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 (fiancĂ© 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).

    What a Sweetheart

    Reminisces by Dick Kimball from May 2018
    What a Sweetheart
    After singing the National Anthem at the Creighton baseball game May 18th, a few Serenaders decided to take in a few innings of the game.
    As we took our seats a husband and wife sitting behind us congratulated us on our singing (not unusual, as you know).
    As we got ready to leave after the third inning we decided to sing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to the wife. The further we got into the song the more appreciative she became. She and her husband thanked us profusely as we departed.
    Again, not too unusual. But how about this: A message soon appeared on our chapter web site.
    “Had a wonderful time at the Creighton baseball game last Friday. I was sung to by the Sarpy Serenaders. I felt like THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to make an old lady happy!”
    Susan A Rhodes
    Ron Flock responded: “Susan: Thanks for your message of appreciation. You made our day.
    Wishing you the best always, and this validates you really are a “Sweetheart.”Nuff said. Another memorable moment thanks to The World’s Greatest Hobby.”

    Remembering Richard Kimball

    The chorus got to visit at Richard Kimball’s house during his recent troubles, bedridden at home because of a fall which causes a broken hip. He and all of us really enjoyed singing together, particularly choosing some of Dick’s favorites. He directed us all on ‘Sweet, Sweet Roses of Morn.” He loved to draw us out with emotion and dynamics and dramatic variations of tempo and great fermatas. Only Dick could get his old “Yesterday’s Kids” gang to be so expressive.
    We are all very saddened that Dick was not to overcome the assaults on his physical body of both his Parkinson’s affliction and then this terrible bone fracture, but we fervently hoped he could and marveled that his spirit was still powerfully full of life even as his physical body disappointed him.
    He gave us much fellowship and artistry and great example.
    We are proud to have known him and we are proud to dedicate this newsletter issue to his memory to express our thankfulness that he was our friend and colleague.
  • Local barbershop singing group reunites after months apart
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Nov 30 2021

    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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