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Obituaries

February 9, 2012

Ronald Kimm

Knoxville —  

Ronald Lee Kimm died, surrounded by his family, from complications of diabetes on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
Ron was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Vinton, Iowa. His parents lived in Knoxville at the time, but were visiting Vinton when his mother went into labor. 
Ron lived in Knoxville and Burlington as a young child. He attended Knoxville Schools, were he was active in sports and graduated in 1956. Ron attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa and Central College in Pella. He loved to dance, and performed in “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.” 
Ron worked at Mutual of Omaha and retired from Firestone after 40 years of service. He lived in Urbandale his entire adult life, where he was dedicated to youth sports. 
He served on the Board of Directors for the Urbandale Little League, and also served as a Little League coach. He coached youth girls’ and boys’ basketball, as well as girls’ softball. 
Ron was an Iowa High School referee and umpire for boys and girls in the sports of basketball, softball, baseball and football and enjoyed occasions when he officiated with his son, Todd. 
Ron was a past-president of the Des Moines Amateur Hockey Association and was a founding member of the Urbandale High School hockey team. He served as Urbandale’s coach for two years and led the team to a league championship. Ron was inducted into the Knoxville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 
Ron loved Hawkeye football and basketball, and was a big New York Yankees fan. He was fond of dogs and had many happy memories of past pets, including Cookie, Tappy, Herkey, Benji and Rikki. 
Ron was a Christian and knew Jesus Christ as his savior. His family will miss his humor, his stubbornness and his whole-hearted commitment to his family, but they rejoice in the knowledge he is free of all pain and illness in his Heavenly home. 

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