Jay Louis Kimball, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. He lived a full life despite the health difficulties of the past few years. He was born in the small town of Larned, Kan., on Jan. 20, 1939.
Jay has been everything from an early morning milk-man, delivering fresh milk, often with his two kids Mike and Casey in tow, belting out Zippa-dee-doo-da, to an engineer with physics and teaching degrees on the cutting edge of hybrid micro-electronics in the heyday of the Silicon Valley. While often working more than one job to provide for his family, he still found time to play ... a lot. Backpacking, always off-trail, cross-country, body surfing in California waves, windsurfing when no one knew what that was, scuba diving, playing touch football on the beach, and playing pool and poker with the guys. And of course, the camping crew; close friends meeting at campgrounds or at each other’s house just to have fun. Charades or sing-alongs with friends and neighbors were common.
Jay is survived by his wife, Linda Jean Kimball, and his son, Michael Jay Kimball. Sadly, his daughter, Kathleen (Casey) Renee Kimball, had a difficult life that ended much too early not long before Jay passed on. They are both now reunited, at peace in the kingdom of God. Casey’s children, Misti, Joe, and Chris, cared for by Jay and Linda while Casey struggled and after she passed on, thrive now in their own lives. Jay will be missed by all who knew him. Jay is also survived by his friend and constant companion of 13 years, his service dog, Nishka.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 26, 2012