John Kimball, 89, of Buffalo Prairie died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at the Buffalo Prairie farm home in which he was born. Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Buffalo Prairie Cemetery. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo where Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. by the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge #679. Memorials may be made to Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church. On-line condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born May 11, 1922 in Buffalo Prairie to Boyd and Iris Kistler Kimball. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1940 and married Emogene Whitney Dec. 22, 1944 in Buffalo Prairie.
John farmed all his life. He was the 4th generation to farm the ground which has been in the family since 1849. He was the longest standing member of Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church. Other memberships include the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge #679, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter # 516, Rock Island County Farm Bureau and a former Buffalo Prairie Volunteer Fireman where he served as fire chief. For many years John was sexton of the Buffalo Prairie Cemetery.
John enjoyed traveling and especially wintering in Texas.
He is survived by his wife: Emogene, two daughters, Janet (Douglas) McCaw of Aledo, Joann (Robert) Kenneston of Boulder City, Nev., one son, Raymond (Linda) Kimball of Illinois City, three grandchildren: Jennifer (Michael) Zecher of Aledo, Chad (Lisa) Kaempfer of Belvidere and Hunter Kimball of Illinois City, two great-grandchildren: Emily and Kyle Kaempfer of Belvidere, one sister, Darlene Mayhew of Aledo; one brother, Maurice (Jeanean) Kimball of Buffalo Prairie, and several loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.