Marvin Jarrett Kimball, 79, Woodstock, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at home with his wife at his side.
He was born July 3, 1935, in Silver Lake, Wis., to Arthur and Esther Kimball.
On April 7,1956, he married Beverly Joann Gensch of Woodstock.
He was a dedicated employee at Union Special of Huntley for 38 years. As a craftsman, he enjoyed constructive labor, and his greatest pride was building the family homestead. He would head to Wisconsin every spring to collect maple syrup and in the offseason practiced garden farming. His greatest passion was being the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In his spare time he used his talents to teach all his descendants how to live a long, strong and well-rounded life, making himself and his home one that will never be forgotten.
Survivors include his loving wife; two sons, Richard (Margaret) Kimball of Arkansas and Daniel (Paula Waldorf) of Florida; a daughter, Cheryl Shin of Illinois; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Kimball, Angi Kimball, Aaron (Heather) Kimball, Eric (Jodi) Kimball, Caleb Kimball, Ruth Kimball, Naomi (Ryne) Gardner, Joshua Kimball, Ryan Shin and Isaac Shin; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge (Jim) Hinshaw, Pell Lake, Wis.; and many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Kimball of Illinois; a granddaughter, Barbara Kimball; a brother, LeRoy Kimball; and a son-in-law, Song Su Shin.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Free Methodist Church, 934 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, with the Rev. David Cooper officiating.