Vinton Angelo Kimberling, 82, of Imperial, NE passed Friday morning, December 15, 2017, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial. Vinton was born May 30, 1935, to Charley C. and Mary Jane (Hill) Kimberling at the Kimberling homestead farm in Champion, NE.
He was named after his grandfathers Vinton Kimberling and Angelo Hill. Vinton’s siblings include Vinta Claney, deceased; Vera Gleason of Beaver City, NE; and Jim Kimberling of CO. The family lived on the Kimberling farm which Vinton and Harriet Kimberling homesteaded. Vinton attended Crete School through the 8th grade. Then he attended high school at Chase County High School, where he met Fauniel Greim. Vinton and Fauniel were married on Sept. 18, 1955, and to this union three children were born: Starla, Tim and Tod. Vinton was a farmer and rancher for most of his life.
He was thrust into agriculture at an early age because of the death of his father. Vinton and Fauniel lived and worked on the family farm west of Champion for many years. Later in life he was employed by the Frenchman Valley Coop driving a feed truck. In 2009, the couple made their home in Imperial. Vinton loved hunting and fishing, but his true love was woodworking. He made numerous furniture items for his children and grandchildren.
Vinton and Fauniel also enjoyed vacationing in Estes Park, CO. Survivors Include: his wife, Fauniel of Imperial; daughter Starla (John) Vogt of Champion; son, Tim (Barb) Kimberling of Columbus, NE; son, Tod Kimberling of Ogallala; nine grandchildren: John M. (Emily) Vogt, Geoff Vogt, Brandon Vogt, Janae (Brian) Gertsch, Andrew (Jennifer) Lowe, Ben Lowe, Alexis Gonzales, Sawyer Kimberling, Tyler (Celeste) Kimberling; 14 Great-Grandchildren: McKenzie, Kaden, Kyson, Delanie, Henlie, Isabella, Cienna, Walker, Tucker, Mason, Riley, Joshua, Ericson, and Jayce; sister, Vera Gleason of Beaver City and brother, Jim Kimberling of Evergreen, CO.
Vinton was preceded in death by his parents; an infant granddaughter; sister Vinta; and niece Melody Miller.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at the Crete Cemetery, Champion, with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Visitation was held Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home in Imperial.
Memorials have been established to the Champion Community Center and the Chapel fund at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home. On line condolences maybe left at liewerfuneralhome.com