Karol Kimm

  • Born: March 3, 1940
  • Died: December 27, 2015
  • Location: Numa, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Karol Kimm, age 75, of Numa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at his home in Numa, Iowa.

He was born in Numa, Iowa on March 3, 1940, the son of William and Clara (Desper) Kimm. Karol graduated from Cincinnati (Iowa) High School in 1959. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Ver Steegt on June 5, 1959. The couple were blessed with five children, Barbara, Karl Robert "Bob," Kevin, Karmen, and Jon.

Karol began his working career on the family farm. He eventually relocated to Sioux City, Iowa, where he enrolled in auto mechanic training. Following his completion of the program, Karol and Kathie moved to Elk Point, South Dakota where he took a mechanic position. After a brief stay in South Dakota, the couple relocated to Aledo, Illinois. It was during this period of time that Karol held numerous jobs, including a truck driving position for a gas station and a driver/mechanic position for the school bus barn. He also worked as a farm hand for a farm operation in Aledo.

In 1983, the Kimm family moved home to Centerville, Iowa. Karol farmed for a short period of time on the family farm. He also maintained a business at home as a mechanic. He eventually took a position as a machinist with the Shivers Company in Corydon, Iowa. Following fifteen dedicated years with the company, Karol retired from Shivers in 2006.

Most recently, Karol enjoyed driving the Amish to various requested destinations.

In his free time, Karol enjoyed spending time on his computer. He also loved four-wheeling the "back forty" of the family farm. Furthermore, he had a passion for keeping up with the stock market. Karol and Kathie have actively attended the Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville for many years. At Grace, Karol and Kathie provided church services for local nursing home residents.

Karol is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kimm of Numa, Iowa; five children, Barbara (Ronald) Shaffer of Henderson, Nebraska, Karl Robert "Bob" (Cindy) Kimm of Leo, Indiana, Kevin Kimm of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Karmen (Stephen Hayes) Kimm of Aurora, Colorado, and Jon (Lucrecia) Kimm of Centerville, Iowa; multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren; a step-brother, Jim (Iva Mae) Hatfield of Bussey, Iowa; two step-sisters, Jean (Lewis) Amos of Ottumwa, Iowa and Ann Gordon of Ottumwa, Iowa; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and a grandson, Michael Shaffer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa with Reverend Adam Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in the Livingston Cemetery near Numa, Iowa. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 11 AM-8 PM, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to The Missions of Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal


I remember all the times spent at the home of his family and of them being at out place. He and my older brother were the same age and I even have a picture of all of us together with Karol as well as one of David, Karol, Clarence and me on Old Tony our horse.


Posted by Anna Wilson nee Kimm - Harlan, IA - cousin   January 09, 2016

I'm so sad to learn of your loss having lost my mate 29 years ago. Karol was always a faithful servant of his Lord. We have so many precious memories of worshippimg together at Immanuel Baptist in Monmouth, IL. My prayers are for comfort, peace strength & guidance for you and your dear family, Kathie.

Posted by Sue Hawk - North Ft. Myers, FL - Sister in Christ & longtime frie   January 05, 2016

Sad news, in our thoughts and prayers. God bless

Posted by Neil Reith - Monmouth, IL - Family friend   December 30, 2015

Our community is now at a great loss - we seem to grow smaller with the passing of time. I always enjoyed his smile and gentle spirit - there seems to be fewer of us in the world today.

Posted by Gerald and Rebecca Chaplin - Numa, IA - neighbor   December 30, 2015


Losing a parent is so hard but they will live on in our memories. As Christiams we have the knowledge we will once again be reunited in Glory.

Posted by Shari Paul - Marion, IN - Friend   December 30, 2015

Sending out condolences and prayers to the family.

Posted by Anna Kimm-Wilson - Harlan, IA - Cousin   December 29, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Karol Thinking of you.

Posted by Janet Demry - Centerville - friend   December 29, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathleen and family in the going home of Karol. We will be with you and the family soon. Our love to you. Dale & Janice

Posted by Dale & Janice VerSteegt - Springfield, MO - Brother-in-law   December 29, 2015

Karol and his wife are part of my family's memories of attending Grace Tabernacle Church. Mom and Dad (Laurence and Carroll Ball) went there for years with us kids. When I moved back to town 12 yrs ago, there was Karol and Kathleen Continue to serve the Lord. I know they brought joy to many folks at the nursing homes over the years.

Posted by Laura Jean Ball Yarger, Dana Ball, Helen Helluer, Deon Brown, Ch - .   December 28, 2015