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James "Jim" Andrew Kimose
May 29, 1922 ~ November 10, 2023 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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James A. Kimose, known affectionately as "Pop" and "Blacky" to those close to him, has done what we all must and taken his leave of this world on November 10, 2023. Born on May 29, 1922, in Farr West, UT, Jim managed to squeeze 101 and a half years of living, loving, and laughter into his time on earth. To quote an old saying, "Age is a matter of feeling, not of years," and boy, did Jim know how to feel. He was a loving husband, a loving father, a creative bricklayer, a generous helper, and a witty teaser of neighborhood boys. Not to mention, the last survivor of Iwo Jima - talk about a badge of honor! Jim was a patriot, a great American and one of the last of the greatest generation that ever lived.
Jim married his wife Betty M. Taylor, on April 30, 1948, in Ogden. Their union was blessed with four children.
Jim was the epitome of a self-made man. He laid bricks with precision and passion, built homes, fireplaces, garages, and even operated a garbage disposal business with his son for over 20 years. Basically, if it needed building or cleaning, Jim was your man. He had a knack for turning wood into works of art and was never happier than when he was in his workshop, sawdust in his hair, a creative glint in his eye.
But it wasn't all work for our Jim. He was also a generous soul who loved helping those in need, a pastime he likely picked up from his many years as an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His other hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, and baseball. And, let's not forget his love for travel. Jim loved nothing more than hitting the road with his truck-driving sons and son-in-law, exploring the country, and making memories.
Jim leaves behind his beloved wife of 75 years, Betty M. Kimose, his children, Jim (Judy) Kimose, Buck Kimose, Kathy Kimose, and Shelley (Phil) Nelson, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Dyann Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Foren Kimose a sister, Gwen, and a brother, Dan. As we bid farewell to our loving, creative, generous, and witty pal, we're sure he's up there somewhere, laying the bricks for our heavenly homes.
The graveside service will be held at West Warren Cemetery, 750 North 6700 West, West Warren on Thursday, 16th November 2023, at 2 pm. Come and join us in celebrating the life of a man who truly knew how to live. We encourage you to leave your memories of James on his memorial page at www.myers-mortuary.com. Let's remember, as someone once said, "The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal."
Service entrusted to Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah.