Charles William Kimball, Sr.

1920- 2009



Charles (Chuck) William Kimball, Sr., passed away on July 17, 2009. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. Chuck was born on Sept. 3, 1920, in Manson, Mont. He was the only son of Wilbur and Stella Kimball, Montana farmers. He was born, raised and later worked on his own on the family farm, eventually earning enough money to buy his first airplane at age 18, an Aeronca. Chuck taught himself to fly airplanes, a hobby he enjoyed for most of his adult life. He also enjoyed playing the violin and guitar.

Chuck was a veteran of two foreign wars: World War II and The Korean War. During WWII he served in the Naval Construction Battalions, known as the Seabees. He moved to Jacksonville, Ore., in 1947. He married Catherine Smith, also from Jacksonville, in 1952.

Chuck's professional career developed as a result of his uncanny skill for devising, building and fixing just about anything. Those who knew him called him "the man who could fix anything." For several years (between the two wars), he owned and operated the service station in Jacksonville located on Main St. When he returned home to Jacksonville after the Korean War, he drove logging trucks until 1954, when he became the Millwright at the Hunter and Best Sawmill in Ruch. He later partnered in starting and running the J&R Equipment Company, where he first met Doug Plumley. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for Plumley Incorporated, eventually becoming a partner in Plumley Rock Crushing, Inc., where he spent the remainder of his career.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine; son, Charles W. Kimball, Jr.; daughter, Sidney Paquin; granddaughter, Rachelle Paquin; and grandson, Bryce Hardgraves. Chuck was a fine man, and he will be missed.

Friends and family are welcome to join a Graveside Gathering on Saturday, July 25th, at the Log Town Cemetery in Ruch, at 11:00 a.m.