Charles H. Kimball, 60, former Mizpah area and Miles City resident, died of respiratory illness Monday, March 3, 2014, at his home in Lewistown. He died peacefully and had his family with him as well as all the caring staff and other residents of his home.
Mr. Kimball was born May 2, 1953, on the former Kimball family ranch near Mizpah. He attended the rural Trail Creek School near the Kimball ranch, other public schools in Miles City, and the Custer County District High School.
In addition to living at the ranch and in Miles City, Mr. Kimball lived in Great Falls, Helena, Warm Springs and outside of Lavina.
He was interested in many things and intensely so. Mr. Kimball enjoyed talking deeply about subjects and also took part in different activities at the nursing home, and at times liked to try new things. He had interests ranging from his lifelong pursuit of sketching and drawing to subjects such as aliens, science fiction, understanding the unexplained like healing and miracles, yoga, philosophizing, eating for wellness, and star gazing.
Mr. Kimball was a gifted story teller, often citing pages from books, and recounting many tales of friends, family and years gone by. He had a wry sense of humor and a “mischievous grin” when he made a witty remark.
We remember Mr. Kinball for many things. His sister Cathy said, “Charles taught me about linier perspective ... and though I had a passel of teachers over the years, Charles is my all time favorite.” His sister Cindy was inspired to go into a career helping those with mental illness and other struggles because of Mr. Kimball. John, his younger brother, fondly remembers Mr. Kimball pointing out constellations to him as well as some adventures they had together. And, his sister Cerie, always protective of her little brother, strove to make sure he was taken care of. She remembers pulling him in their red wagon when they were little. Each sister and brother had a unique kinship with Mr. Kimball. He was a very special person.
When you hear the songs “Wonderin’” and “Long May You Run,” both by Neal Young, there is no mistaking that Mr. Kimball is thought of.
Left to cherish memories of Mr. Kimball are his brothers, Allen Roberts and John Kimball; and sisters, Cerie Kimball, Catherine (Kellie) Kimball and Cindy Rawls. He also is survived by his nephews, Cherokee and Lakota Rawls; his niece, Chenoa Rawls; his cousins; and friends he made in his life.
In death, Mr. Kimball joins his father, Claude Kimball; his mother, Dorothy (Samuelson) Kimball; two siblings — a brother, Mitchell Anderson, and sister, Lucille Roberts.
Mr. Kimball’s journey begins now without the struggles of mental illness or the bodily pains of his health issues.
Visitation will be Friday, March 7, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery. The family, and anyone else who would like to attend, are invited to meet for an informal gathering at 2 p.m. at Gallagher’s Family Restaurant.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.