Gerald R. Kimball, 62, lost his fight against cancer on Friday, April 26, 2019 while in hospice care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. Jerry was surrounded by family and held his sister’s hand as he took his last breath.
Jerry was born on December 3, 1956 in Wiesbaden, Germany. His father returned to the United States and his mother, sister, and he immigrated to the United States to settle with his father in Sioux Falls, SD. The family moved to Glendora, California where Jerry graduated from Glendora High School. Jerry then returned to South Dakota and settled in Wakonda with his mother. After her death, Jerry moved to Yankton, South Dakota where he worked for Parker Hannifin Corporation. Jerry worked there for over 25 years and only stopped working when his cancer made it necessary to concentrate on the end of his life.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Anna K. Mayer and Gerald E. Kimball. He is survived by his sister, Carola H. Jackson and his nieces and nephew; Laura Jacobs, Don M. Jackson, Victoria Howes, and Jaimie Vowels; as well as 8 grand-nephews and nieces.
Jerry was a kind, polite, loving man who loved his family, friends, and books. Jerry could be found at the Fryin’ Pan, a second home because he hated to cook and loved the people there. He believed in a person’s privacy. Because of this his family will hold a private ceremony to honor him and celebrate his life at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD on Saturday, May 4, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. The family of Gerald Kimball wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, the Hospice nurses and social worker and the Benedictine Center at Sacred Heart Hospital. In Jerry’s time of need, you wrapped him in loving, nurturing arms and brought comfort to him and his family.