Gene M Kimball
Gene found the Fairway to Heaven on December 20, 2021 and joined his beloved wife Florence in eternal life and happiness. Gene was 94 and died in the home he had built and loved; he remained capable, independent, and witty until the end. Gene is survived by his children Guy, Pat, Chris (Craig), his grandchildren Jamie (Jason), Ben (Cassie), Bill (Amber), Tony (Veronica), Jessie (Jack) Shannon (Christopher), Alex and his great-grandchildren Hadley, Paxton, Mason and Huxley. Gene was predeceased by Florence, their first born Guy Thomas, her father Anthony Gaginella, her mother Adorthea Hayes, her brother Junior and many other relatives and friends.
Gene was born in West Allis on December 15, 1927, attended Longfellow Elementary School, and graduated from Southern Division High School in 1946. In high school, he played drums in the band of the school, wrote football and track, and recalled breaking his leg pole vaulting. On his 18th birthday, he joined the army and served as a sergeant in the 185th Combat Engineers, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Once he was done with his duties, he returned to Wisconsin and began a 3-year apprenticeship as a bricklayer. When he wasn’t learning the trade he proudly turned into a career, he loved sports, having fun and being adventurous. He spent time cycling with the Milwaukee Wheelman Bike Club and cycled in Canada for no reason other than to get there and back. He was also a member of the West Allis Speed Skating Club, winning numerous metals and trophies. Moreover, he was fond of roller skating and it was there that he met the love of his life Florence; they married in 1953.
Once married, he used his masonry skills to build the first of their two homes in Brookfield. Shortly thereafter, they became charter members of St. John Vianney Parish and resided in Brookfield all their lives. Gene, never one to sit still, became a founding member and captain of the City of Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department, and also enjoyed playing softball with many teams. He has always loved the sport, but when he discovered golf he found the game he really loved. He was a member of Greenfield Golf Club for over 30 years, loved taking golf trips with fellow golfers and was awarded his coveted hole in 1 in 1990.
Gene was creative, hardworking, generous, generous and had a smile that could light up a room. He was the proud owner of Kimball Masonry and worked hard laying bricks and stones for over 50 years. winning numerous awards for its craftsmanship. Outside of work, he was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was known to always have a few sweets in his pocket. His memory and good humor never failed him and he was well known in the city. He was a regular for an early morning cup of coffee at George Webbs, an after-work beer at the Speedway or, in recent years, a cocktail at Bullwinkle. He loved God, his family, his Wisconsin sports teams, wearing hats, Italian food, ice cream, his manicured lawn, a good joke and giving to others. But above all, he loved and will be remembered for his endless devotion and love for his partner in life, Florence. Although we miss him dearly, we know he is exactly where he should be, and there is peace knowing that he and Florence are back together.
Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 1875 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, from 11:30 p.m. until the celebration of life service at 1:30 p.m.
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Posted by Church & Chapel Funeral Home – Brookfield on March 16, 2022.