William (Bill) F. Kimball, 71, St. Cloud
March 5, 1945 - July 23, 2016
William (Bill) F. Kimball, 71, passed away at Quiet Oaks Hospice House on July 23, 2016. He was born on March 5, 1945 to Hazel (Busse) and William F. Kimball, Sr. in St. Cloud, MN. Bill married Sharon (Sherri) Ruth Allen on June 25, 1966 and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with friends and family on June 25, 2016.
Bill attended St. Cloud Public Schools and St. Cloud State University and majored in Music and Industrial Arts.
Bill was a distinguished tenor soloist and won the High Tenor category for men between 16-20 at the MMTA State Solo Contest in 1961. He was also part of the All-State choir. Bill continued his passion for music and sang with The Travelers Gospel Quartet, with Sherri accompanying at the piano, for 47 years.
Bill was an entrepreneur who founded, operated and sold 2 businesses, A Shell service station and a Little Caesar's Pizza. He worked for Good Year Tire, Anderson Trucking Service and finished his career at Miller Auto Plaza, retiring in 2010.
Bill's passion for service included a life-long commitment to volunteerism, including a long-term association with the Salvation Army, as a member and Chairperson of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 37 years. Bill served as an election judge for local and general elections. Bill also enjoyed directing choir for over 22 years at 2 area churches and serving on various Church Boards and Committees.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon (Allen) Kimball and sister, Barbara Leone Sjolander Stringer. He was the beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews and their families, and is survived by his sister-in-law, Lois Christopherson and son-in-law, Gordy Viere.
Bill is survived by Diane Viere and Dixie Sanborn who gratefully consider Bill, the dad of their heart, because of the significant impact and influence he and Sherri had on their lives. Bill was also loved by and known as “Grandpa Bill” to four surviving grandchildren. He is also survived by a little white honorary mention, Crisco, a 4-pound Maltese.
He was preceded in death by infant sister, Ruth Ann and parents, William F. Kimball, Sr. and Hazel (Busse) Kimball.
Bill's “going home” celebration will begin with a visitation on Tuesday, July 26, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home with a time of sharing and remembrance to begin at 7:00 p.m. His funeral will be held at Discovery Church on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be at North Star Cemetery following a lunch at the church.
Bill's passion for life included his enduring faith in God, family, friends and a great steak. His commitment to others was selfless and generous. He will be missed.
Memorials are preferred.