Kim Joseph Drees, age 53, of Lidderdale, Iowa passed away on his family’s farm surrounded by his family early on Sunday morning November 4, 2012.
He was born April 1, 1959 in Carroll, Iowa, and was the son of Vern and Phyllis (Wurr) Drees. He received his education at Lidderdale, Mt. Carmel and Carroll Schools. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lidderdale. Kim was married to Joey Arkland from 1977 until 1984. Four daughters were born to this union. In 1984 he moved to Delaware and worked on dairy farms. The last 16 years he was self-employed as a dairy farm hoof trimmer.
Kim was known for his chuckle when he spoke and he enjoyed the laughter of others. Riding a motorcycle was his freedom. His favorite foods were chocolate chip cookies with a big ‘ole glass of milk and steak on the grill. Even though he lived away from Carroll County, he was never far from his hometown in spirit. He always liked animals and pets, especially his St. Bernard Billy. He looked forward to vacations in Iowa with family, especially with “his girls”. He enjoyed euchre games and camping. Always a farmer at heart, he watched the weather channel daily for both Delaware and Carroll. In his spare time he liked to come back to Iowa to the farm where he was raised and help his Dad take apart, put together or fix things. He drove his RV from Delaware to spend his last summer on the family farm…which he called his “vacation of a lifetime”. Kim’s message to us was “everything works out in the end”.
He is survived by Dee, his wife of 11 years; four daughters: Karman (Brian) Brinkman of Fairmont, Minnesota, Kasey (Chad) Irlbeck of Carroll, Kendal Drees of Carroll and Kari Drees of Lidderdale; six grand-daughters: Kally, Karly and Katy Brinkman, Kyra Irlbeck, Klaira Drees, and Jazlyn Harkrider; his parents Vern and Phyllis Drees of Lidderdale; siblings: Kelly Drees (Kayla Winslow) of Holyoke, Colorado, Kevin (Tracey) Drees of Norwalk, Iowa, KaLynn (Kelly) Wenck of Norwalk, Iowa, Kandace (Pat) Dunn of Norwalk, Iowa, Kurt (Tanya) Drees of Clovis, California; three step-children: Leva Taylor of Greensboro, Maryland, Nicole DeMoss of Pasadena, Maryland, and Lil’ Ron DeMoss of Felton, Deleware, and six step-grandchildren in Delaware.
A Celebration of Kim’s Life will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll with Fr. Timothy Schott of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lidderdale officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday until the time of service. A private family burial will be held on Thursday at Holy Family Cemetery near Lidderdale. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com