Kimber Bell

Kimber "Kim" Bell

July 7, 1955 - July 13, 2020
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Kimber “Kim” Lee Bell was born July 7, 1955, in Winner, SD, to Eddie Lee and Lee “Verdean” (Klein) Bell. He graduated from Winner High School in 1973, and went on to college at SDSU and NSU, participating in the ROTC program.
Eventually, Kim went to work as a trucker, and trucked for many years. After his accident, he went looking for a place to build his log house, and decided to put it right next to the interstate, just in case he decided to go back to trucking, because that would give him easy access to the road. He was later self-employed, working heavy equipment building roads. Whatever Kim did, he worked hard and gave his all.
Kim was everyone’s “hero.” No matter who you were, he would always take the time to stop and just listen, and no matter what the circumstances, he thought of others before himself. He was a giver, not a taker. Kim had a tremendous passion for two things – old cars and bass fishing. No one can remember a time when Kim bought anything new, as he would rather fix up something himself. This translated to his love of cars, believing in working hard to restore old to new. His latest was his green 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon. However, when it came to fishing, that was his time to relax. He loved fishing the stock dams near Winner, and the lies and stories that came afterwards were always a joy to listen to. The solitude at the pond was what it was all about to him, second only to the competition amongst the whole family when it came to fishing.
On any given Sunday afternoon during football season, Kim could be found watching his beloved Chicago Bears. He was a die-hard fan, and he refused to have company on Sundays, because there was always a game to be watched. Above all, Kim was a writer. He always had a unique way with words, and everyone looked forward to a letter from him. His words were so wise, sincere, and straight from the heart, reminding his friends and family how loved and cherished they were.
On Monday, July 13, 2020, Kim passed away at his home in Piedmont, SD. He put up a hell of a fight to beat cancer, and succeeded for five years longer than he was supposed to. He never complained about the journey, and he never lost that determination to live until his very last breath. Kim touched the lives of all who knew him, and will be deeply missed by each and every one.
He is survived by his sisters, Debbie Robinson, Cindy (Jerry) Haskell, and Amy (Bill) Reiser; his brother, Randy (DeEtte) Bell; niece, Sadie; nephews, Chad, Charlie, Luke, Tye, Corey, Bryce, Preston, Nick, and Brandon; and a host of other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Verdean Bell; grandparents, Lee and Lena Klein and Elmer and Hazel Bell; and his nephew, Kris Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont, with Pastor John Britt officiating. Graveside services will follow at Piedmont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Piedmont Cemetery Association in Kim’s name.
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  • Visitation

    July 16, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    July 16, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    July 17, 2020 | 10:00am
    July 17, 2020 10:00am
    Grace United Methodist Church
    10060 Foothill Drive
    Piedmont, SD 57769
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    Pastor John Britt
  • Interment

    July 17, 2020 |
    July 17, 2020
    Piedmont Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Piedmont, SD 57769
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Robin Grossenburg

Posted at 04:32pm
I remember playing Teener baseball with Kim. He played 3rd base and he had a habit when he caught a grounder he would flip the ball out of his glove into the air and catch it with his bare hand and throw to first base. Vince Deffley was our coach and would chew his rear endout every time. All of us players thought it was sooo cool how he did that

Ron Farris

Posted at 10:02am
I remember Kim from sports at WHS. He was a gifted athlete and a really good guy. Deepest sympathy to his family and may Kim rest in peace.

William e Schwartz

Posted at 11:48am
Many memories of Kim. Too many to mention hear although our time together was short. We played ball together one summer in Fairfax, SD. Grandpa probably took some grief for bringing in two ringers! A leader, easy to follow. If Kim was driving you always wanted to be the guy in the passenger seat. Rest in peace cousin. Good memories they can never take away.!!!

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Posted at 11:38pm
Oh Kim. You are always in my heart..forever and friend and in my heart..i was always your will forever be in my never let me ..
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