- 102 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 18, 1911
- Date of passing: Sep 19, 2013
|- In loving memory of Joe - He was an aviation pioneer and an inspirational role model.|
This site was created in lieu of a formal memorial service in remembrance of a very special person in our lives, Joe Kimm, 102, who made his final flight west on September 19, 2013.
"Our short stint in Viewcrest was amazing. Uncle Joe was a great guy.I await, with great anticipation, until we meet, again!"
"I miss Grandy all the time, but cherish all those years that I got to live close to him and visit more frequently than when I lived further away. I can only hope to live as full of a life as he. I love you Grandy!"
"Uncle Joe, (he was my dad's uncle) was a truely, wonderfully, great, man. I await with great anticipation, the day we will enjoy each others company, again!"
"Dad was the centering for the Kimm family. It took him a long time to get used to his "roll", but he later took to it very well. he was a lucky man. He had three of his children who lived near him and cared for him both emotionally and physically. We in turn were lucky, as he was hail and hearty (basically) until his end. A toast to you Dad."
"I have lost my Mother, about 21 years ago, and my Father, last Sept. 19th. I don't think hardly a day goes by that I don't remember each of them. I miss having parents. It is so final. I get used to the fact that I no longer travel to Redmond to visit Dad, but it is a mixed blessing. He was such an anchor in my life, "our lives" (all four of his children). It takes some getting used to, and I haven't quite. Miss you Dad! Kip"
"I'm missing you, buddy. Your name and picture still show up on my Skype. I feel bad I can't click on it, but on the other hand, it reminds me of some very good times together."
"Joe, I was thinking about you yesterday when I should have been calling to wish you Happy Birthday. I miss our conversations, but continue to marvel that I had three fathers and mentors: Chuck Viebrock, Joe Kimm and Bob Levitt. You all left a high mark to aim for."
"I miss you Daddy. Have thought about you all day. Hope Heaven is taking great care of you. ❤️"
"I miss Grandy and for the way his birthdays brought us together as an extended family. His life truly was worthy of a special celebration and especially each year he was closer to reaching the 100 year mark. We have a special Swedish birthday song we sing in the family that basically translates to "may you live to be 100" and it was especially fun and meaningful to sing to Grandy as he approached and then surpassed that mark. I'm so proud to be his granddaughter and share in his legacy. Missing you, Grandy."
"Thank you, Grandy, for all of the times you have brought us together. This weekend would have been the weekend we'd have all celebrated your birthday. Even though it was the first one you missed, some of us had rather coincidentally come together anyway and we thought of you as we still do so very often. Then yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman in Ohio interested in putting together a display acknowledging the history of commercial aviation in the U.S. and it was so nice to share some of your stories yet again. Thank you again for all of the passion for life and aviation and all of the love that you have shared."
"Where and how do you start to write about someone so big in your life, who had tremendous influence on who you are? I have avoided it until now, because there are not adequate words to tell someone what another individual has meant to them. Dad was my mentor, throughout my life. He led the way for me to be my own thinker, to tackle difficult tasks and not retreat from them. Love you!"
"Joe Kimm played a lot of roles in my life: father-in-law, grandfather to my children, friend, mentor. In 1969, he bid a lousy MAC charter schedule to be sure I could hold the trip. The reason? He and Barbara and I had just completed a SCUBA course and took a dive trip to Cozumel and we needed the time off together. That's a friend! We remained friends to the end of his life."
"Although I never met Joe, I have had the delightful privilege of knowing his wonderful daughter Kip and his grandchildren, Chris, Teresa and Lisa. Kip, I remember you speaking often of your father with much pride and affection. You are all a living legacy reflecting what must have been a remarkable man, father and grandfather. WIth love, Jennifer"
"Uncle Joe will always be remembered, and loved, by the time we spent with him in Bellevue’s Viewcrest.. He was always kind, forever warm, and always had time to spend with his nephew’s sons. There will always be a special place in my heart for him. I await, with great anticipation, until we meet again."
"Joe lived a world of lifetimes and lived it rich and well. He lived what he believed: be dedicated to the right things, do the tough things first, demonstrate accomplishments and don't spend a lot time talking about them. I will remember his taking my brother and I to church, his negiotiating my father's right to fly the 747, and our meets last few years. Nice flight, Joe!"
"Grandy set the bar pretty high and I love that he had a verve for life and learning. Skiing well into his 90's, learning to scuba dive after retiring, taking community school classes in his later years and most impressively delivering meals to seniors much younger than he for Meals on Wheels program in his late 90's. So glad I saw him recently one on one. He will be sorely missed."
"Grandy has always been my hero - as accomplished as he was at so much, he was always finding another way to improve; as intelligent as he was, he focused more and more on showing and gracefully receiving kindness. In all the precious time I spent learning about his life, it was his deep and abiding love for his family, especially his children, and his closest friends that touched me most."
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