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James E Kill

October 26, 1936 — July 20, 2020

Bigelow, MN

     James Edward Kill age 83 of rural Bigelow, Minnesota died Monday, July 20, 2020 at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, Minnesota.

     A private family funeral service will be held Wednesday July 22, 2020 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, Iowa with Reverend Terry Simm, officiating.  The public is invited to attend the graveside service at 11:15 a.m. in the Holman Township Cemetery at Sibley, Iowa.

     In lieu of flowers the family prefers a memorial directed to: Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, Minnesota.

     Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements.

     James “Jim” Edward Kill, the son of Michael and Lavina (Hickman) Kill, was born October 26, 1936 on the family farm in Stevens County MN.  He was raised on the farm with 17 other full, half and step siblings.  He attended country school and left the family farm at a young age.  He worked as a farmhand for several years for Ervin & Clara Henrichs who became a second family to him.  On February 2, 1963 James was united in marriage to Marie Henning at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, Iowa.  Together, they raised their family on a farm near Bigelow MN.  Marie passed away at the young age of 45 in 1985.  Jim continued to farm until he retired in 2007.  He took pride in having some of the best looking crops in the county…just ask and he would have told you.  He taught all his kids how to shoot pool and loved challenging anyone to a good game of 8 ball.  His favorite past times were gardening, bird watching, and watching the Vikings play.  He loved sharing his garden harvest and was well known at the local farmers market in Sibley.  Family was always important.  He enjoyed celebrating holidays and birthdays, and always remembered to send a card.  He will be remembered by his family as hardworking, a good friend and teacher to his family. 

     Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Connie (Dean) Maeyaert of Gary, SD, Shelly (Kevin) Onken of Fulda, MN, Jimmy L. (Sonia) Kill of Bigelow, MN, and Janice Kill Bigelow, MN; five grandchildren, Amber (Tim) Alger, Ashley Maeyaert (fiancé Tony), Caleb Kill, Mason Kill, and Anna Kill; five great grandchildren; siblings, Mikey Jo Kill of Greensboro, South Carolina, Donald (Janelle) Kill of Alberta, MN, Judy Lubenow of Morris, MN; step-brothers, Richard (Shirley) Foley of Shakopee, MN, Gary (Roxanne) Foley of Inver Grove Heights, MN; step-sisters, Dixie (Richard) Cliff of Rosemont, MN; sisters-in-law, Linda Merkle of Hutchinson, MN, Rosa Kill of Morris, MN; step sisters-in-law, Adaline Foley of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Carrie Foley of Inver Grove Heights; along with many extended family.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Lavina; step-mother, Eva Kill; wife, Marie; siblings, Lawrence Kill, Loretta Ritter, Richard Kill, Kenneth Kill, Eugene Kill; step-brothers, David Foley, Chuck Foley, Bud Foley, James Foley; step-sister, Lorraine Brotherton of Hillsdale, IL, Shirley Foley Jessup; brother-in-law, Richard Lubenow; sister-in-law, Vera Kill, Georgia Kill, Betty Kill, and loving friend June Schrupp.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

Holman Township Cemetery

, Sibley, IA 51249

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Jurrens Funeral Home ~ (Former Walton - Roste & Andringa Funeral Home)

505 9th Street, Sibley, IA 51249

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