LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Joseph Henry Kimpler, III, of Libertyville, Ill., left this earth and took the fast track to heaven on Nov. 12, in Great Bend. He was celebrating the 20th annual family pheasant hunting trip when he suffered a fatal heart attack. There he was reunited with beloved wife, Margaret, and Jesus Christ, his Savior. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from god, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Joe was born April 20, 1928 in Highland Park, Mich. He was the son of Joseph H. Kimpler, II and Christine Risse. Joe’s father was a naval officer, which moved the family to many interesting places including the Island of Guam. Joe graduated from Cathedral High School in Wichita, and attended the University of Detroit, earning a business degree in 1952. One of Joe’s first jobs out of college was working for a local bank repossessing cars. He loved to tell the story about the first time he was sent out to “recover” an automobile. Armed with only a brick to help gain entry to the vehicle, and some old fashion ingenuity, Joe was able to secure his first of many cars back to the bank’s possession. What a reality show that would make, especially when his mother drove him to that first job!
Joe married Margaret Marks on Dec. 29, 1956. They raised five children Kim (Terrie) Kimpler, Tina (Kevin) Mahoney, Joseph IV (Patti) Kimpler, Patrick (Kim) Kimpler and Adam (Jean) Kimpler. God blessed them with 15 grandchildren, who gave him great joy. Marge passed in 2001, and Joe wisely invested his time attending grandchildren’s activities, working out at the Centre Club and reading.
He is survived by his sister Sally Zetnick of Arlington, Texas; and family.
Joe’s life will be celebrated at Living Waters Church, 525 N. Atkinson Road, in Grayslake, IL 60030. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Heart Ministries or Pheasants Forever Great Bend Chapter #504, in care of the funeral home. Both organizations held a special place in his heart.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 20, 2011