Dwayne F. Kimball

Dwayne Foster Kimball, 66, passed away peacefully in the company of family on September 15, 2022, at KC Hospice House in Kansas City, MO, following injuries sustained during a long and difficult battle with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia.

He was born on October 4, 1955, in Victoria, TX, the third child of George and Betty (Dollard) Kimball. From a young age, Dwayne was quiet, studious, and passionate about military history, ships, trains and aircraft. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping, painting, and played the banjo and guitar. Following his passion for aviation, Dwayne received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University in 1983 and a post graduate diploma with honors focused in Aeronautics from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in 1984.

After his studies, Dwayne settled in Arlington, TX and worked for Bell Helicopter as a Handling Qualities Specialist on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor project. He received the Robert L. Lichten Award in 1987 for his paper, “Recent Tilt Rotor Flight Control Law Innovations,” based on the development of the V-22.

He married Beeyan Lim on June 17, 1989, in Rockford, IL. On June 26, 1990, Dwayne welcomed his child, Saskia Kimball, into the world.

In 1990, he left Bell Helicopter for Ishida Aerospace Research, where he worked as a technical specialist on the Ishida TW68 tilt-wing aircraft project. In 1996, Dwayne moved to Wichita, KS to work as a technical specialist in Stability and Control and Flight Simulation for Raytheon Aircraft (later Hawker Beechcraft). His major projects included the T-6A trainer aircraft and Premier 1 and Hawker Horizon/4000 business jets. For his work he was promoted to the rank of Engineering Fellow. Following the economic downturn of the Great Recession, he moved to Savannah, GA in 2010, and worked as a technical specialist for Gulfstream Aerospace until his retirement in 2016.

In retirement, Dwayne moved to Lawrence, KS to be close to his daughter. He enjoyed spending time with family, walking around downtown Lawrence, taking motorcycle trips throughout Kansas, reading history books and working on his model kits and model train layout.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Kimball, and is survived by his parents, wife, daughter, and sisters, Sherry Dyer and Nita McKinney.

15 Condolences

  1. Pamela Gross on September 21, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Beeyan, I am so sorry to hear of Dwayne’s loss. I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. I know that he is at peace and pain free. You will see him again sometime.

  2. Ling on September 22, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Dear Beeyan, I learned of this from our dear friend. I remember you and Dwayne from the brief time I was in Kansas. I know you must be hurting now. Please know that there are many of us holding you in our thoughts and virtual hugs right now. Do surround yourself with love and company.

  3. Kason on September 22, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Sending much love to your whole family. Uncle Dwayne will always be missed, and my family and I are always here for support. Really glad to have known Uncle Dwayne.

  4. Cherilyn on September 22, 2022 at 9:08 am

    So sorry for your loss! I hope that you’re feeling comforted and supported during this tough time. Thinking of you all.

  5. Rose Nolan on September 22, 2022 at 9:37 am

    To the Kimball family
    Beeyan, we are immensely saddened by the very very sad news that Dwayne has passed away. Our heartfelt sorrow for your great loss and may his soul rest in peace. I know this time must be incredibly difficult and painful. I hope you have been able to take some comfort from remembering all the happy times together and what an amazing person Dwayne was.
    Hold on to the happy memories of him in the days and months to come and find the light in the darkness and the strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Saskia and the family.
    With much love from the Nolan family.
    Rose, Jason & Dominic ❤️🙏

  6. Suzie Cassidy on September 22, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Dear Beeyan and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. Please know in this difficult time ahead of sorrow and healing, you are not forgotten and are in many peoples minds with with sympathy and love. Much love sent from Kansas.
    Suzie Cassidy

  7. Paul & Vicky Park on September 22, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Beeyan and Kimball family, we’re all sorry to hear that Dwayne has passed. We cherished all the memories with your family during our time together in Wichita. We feel sorrow and our thoughts are with your family. Love Paul & Vicky.

  8. Harry Morgan on September 22, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Beeyan, what a wonderful description of Dwayne. He was gentle, intelligent and an excellent listener as well as creative and imaginative. He was blessed to have you for a wife and Saskia for a daughter. May you find peace as time passes. Love to both of you.

  9. Mika Saito on September 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Aunt Beeyan and Saskia
    We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Dwayne’s passing. He was such an amazing person. He always had a beautiful smile. we will really miss him.Please remember we are always here for you.
    With sympathy,Saito family
    Masahiko, Mika, Yuzuki & Yuiha

  10. CHIN BOON on September 22, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Dear Beeyan , I’m sorry to hear of your loss. With heartfelt condolences.
    You are in my thoughts.
    Chin Boon, Saw Lian,Uen Shing

  11. Leelee on September 23, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Dear Beeyan,

    I felt sad to hear of Dwayne’s sudden passing and my thoughts are with you and Saskia.

    May you find comfort and strength in the support of your loving family and friends who are close to you.

    Thinking of you with love, Leelee

  12. Harlanne Roberts on September 23, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Dear Beeyan,

    It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of your husband. What a shock to your family and friends. He was an amazing man with many talents.

    My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of grief. May you find comfort in memories of good times.

    Love always,


  13. Bee Peng & Koki Hirahama on September 23, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Dear aunt Beeyan and Saskia
    We are very sorry to hear the sad news about uncle Dwayne.
    It must be hard for you. He was such a wonderful person. My thoughts and my prayers are with you at this awful time.
    If there’s anything I can do for you. May his soul rest in peace.
    Thinking of you with love, Hirahama family.
    Bee peng, Koki, Maya, Michiyuki, Nayuki.

  14. HENRY on September 24, 2022 at 4:18 am

    Dear Bee Yan,
    Deepest condolences to you and family. May his soul RIP. Be strong. Take care
    From Henry, Bee Lee, Nephew Kit, Grand-nephew Alfred

  15. Alysa,Marina, Paquito on September 26, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Dear Bee Yan, Saskia and family,
    Words don’t come easy to express how sad we feel.
    Dwayne will always be there but in another way. Be strong and take care, you are in our prayers.
    With love from Brussels

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