Edgar M. Kimball
1939, 2750, Fruitdale (Orman Dam), B-2
Edgar M. Kimball age 75 of Rapid City, South Dakota, died December 5, 1997, at his home in Rapid City, SD
Edgar M. Kimball was born October 9, 1922, at Fairfax, South Dakota, the son of Jerome and Ruby (Cashman) Kimball, the eighth of twelve children.
He grew up in the Martin, South Dakota, area where he attended country school and as a teenager worked for various ranchers in that area. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Ft. Meade and Orman Dam in the late 1930s. Edgar served with the Merchant Marines from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1945.
He was united in marriage to Rosamae Bonenberger on February 4, 1946, at Martin. They made their early home in the Martin, Belvidere, and Murdo areas where Edgar worked as a ranch hand on several large ranches. They purchased a farm-ranch northeast of Belvidere in 1953, where they lived and worked until 1956. Edgar then was employed as a miner for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, and Hulett, Wyoming, from 1956 to 1959.
Beginning in 1960, he owned his own gravel truck business, which he operated until 1962 when he became the Standard Oil agent in Kadoka. He enjoyed serving his many fuel and oil customers until 1974 when he suffered a stroke, which partially paralyzed his left side.
Prior to his early retirement at age 52, he actively pursued many activities, including flying his small airplane, team roping, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. After his stroke, he enjoyed watching and following sports, particularly youth baseball and basketball. During this time he recounted many tales of his active and adventurous life, including hopping freight trains in the 1930s and his true love of horses and ranch life.
Edgar and Rosamae have made their home in Rapid City since 1983. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge of Kadoka and the American Legion Post #22 of Rapid City.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Rosamae Kimball of Rapid City; a son, Roger Kimball and his wife, Arvella, of Rapid City; two step-daughters, Sherie Steege and her husband, Ken, of Citrus Heights, California, and Betty McCauley and her husband, Ray, of Pierre; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Walter Kimball of Grand Marias, Minnesota, Everett Kimball of Twin Falls, Idaho, Wayne "Bud" Kimball and Chester "Bob" Kimball, both of Mesa, Arizona; two sisters, Bernice Fetter of Martin and Audrey Thomas of Rapid City; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister; and a step-son.
In honor of Edgar's love for children, a memorial has been established to the West River Children's Home near Rockerville, South Dakota.
Interment with Military Honors Wednesday, December 10, 1997, 2:30 p.m., Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota
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