Charles M. Kimber, 87, of Canton and formerly of Burr Oak, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home.

Charles Milo Kimber was born Sept. 6, 1925, to Elmer and Alice (Bolson) Kimber in Winneshiek County, Iowa. Charles (Chuck) grew up in the Burr Oak area, graduating from Canton High School in 1939.

He married Alice Muchow on Dec. 22, 1954. They raised six children together, sharing their values and love of the land, fishing and importance of the simple things in life. If it could be fixed, Chuck would find a way, nothing was wasted. Chuck and Alice farmed together near Burr Oak until retiring, eventually moving to Canton. He continued to fish and "putter" as long as his health would permit, preferring to be outside rather than in. Many evenings and family gatherings included playing cards and laughing with family and friends. He spent hours reading, watching PBS and listening to Nascar on the radio.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Debra Douglas of Flower Mound, Texas, Barb (Brad) Kerns of Canton, Loren Kimber of Waukon, Iowa, Steve (Jean) Kimber of Cresco, Al Kimber of Wichita, Kansas, and Linda Kimber of Rochester; his grandchildren Chris of Denton, Texas; Scott of Lewisville, Texas, Jennifer (Nate) Ashwill of Flower Mound, Texas, Cassie (Justin) Olson of Mabel, Jordan (Katie) Kerns of Preston, Marie (Stan Flack) Kimber of Waukon, Iowa, Kristy Kimber of Waukon, Valarie Kimber of Sunnyvale, Calif., Lori Kimber of Waukon, Nicole Kimber of Cresco, Ryan Kimber (Alyssa Botkin) of Ames, Iowa, Evan Kimber of Cresco, Amanda (Travis Nesburg) Kimber of Cresco, Matthew and Emily Kimber of Wichita, Kansas, as well as 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Irvin Kimber.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, Iowa, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. www.mengis