Kimbal Gates

Posted September 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Feb. 26, 1925 – Sept. 2, 2013

Kimbal Gates age 88, died Monday evening Sept. 2, 2013 at the Good  Neighbor Home in Manchester surrounded by his family.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the Hopkinton Cemetery with Military Honors. A life celebration service of Memories and Memorials was held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Hopkinton Community Church followed by a time of food and fellowship.  The Goettsch Funeral Home, Hopkinton is assisting the family.  Rev. Kim Gates and Pastor Cheryl Gates officiated at the services. 

Kimbal Allen Gates was born Feb. 26, 1925 at the family home in Washington, Iowa.  He was the son of Leslie and Edith (Nebergall) Gates. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942.  Kimbal farmed for a year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in December of 1943.   He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He fought in battles on Guadalcanal and Okinawa.  He was discharged from service in May of 1946.  In 1947, Kimbal spent a brief time working in a meat packing plant in Albany, Ore. On Dec. 1, 1947,  Kimbal, his brother Robert and their father Leslie began operating Gates Implement in Kalona, Iowa, a John Deere and Chevrolet dealership. Kimbal married Shirley Dunlap on Sept. 19, 1948 at Washington, Iowa. The Gates family sold the business in Kalona in  December of 1957 and moved to Hopkinton, Iowa in 1958 where they farmed. Kimbal retired from active farming in 1984 and true retirement came in 1992.   He kept busy doing wood working, cutting wood and taking care of miles of fence. 

Kimbal gave of his time off the farm as well.  He was a church trustee, served on the Delaware County Extension Council, the Delaware County Memorial Hospital Board, the Maquoketa Valley School Board, and the Volunteers in Mission.  He helped build churches, schools and hospitals in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico and Antigua among others.  He also enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, playing cards and board games, following the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.

Surviving is his wife Shirley, four children, Lynne (Dennis) Rigel, Waterloo; Bill (Michelle) Gates, Dubuque; Gary (Cheryl) Gates, Hopkinton; Kim Gates, Traer; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons and four nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert and sister-in-law Gayle and a nephew D.J. Gates.

The family would like to thank the doctors of Regional Medical Center, Above and Beyond Hospice and the staff at Good Neighbor Home Society.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at The family requests no flowers. A memorial fund is being established.