Below are some thoughts from people who have been touched by Kim's amazing spirit, both in life and after death. If you have something you would like to share about Kim and his enduring spirit, please feel free to send it to us at RealWorldImpact@gmail.com.
Kim: My husband, the love of my life, my best friend, my gift from God - it was my absolute joy and honor to be called your wife. I will forever hold dear the time we shared together. Thank you for your endless love, adoration, and generous spirit. This is not goodbye, just a momentary separation until we see each other again in God's Kingdom. I am, and will forever be, your Robyn.
Thank you Kim! Through the love of the Lord you showed my mom a level of joy and peace that she had not found at any other point in her life, and you provided me with an amazing and wonderful idea of what a man can, and should, be. You were an awe inspiring person and your spirit will live on, and bring so many more people to Jesus Christ. Enjoy heaven - I know you are already working hard to help prepare a place for everyone who will join you soon because that's who you were! I love you Kim!
My Dear Sweet Brother, My last letter to you. Such an incredible man. You brought such joy and stability to my life. I loved the calls on your way to work. I will always carry you with me in my heart. I have never seen you happier than with Robyn. The short precious time you had together was filled with adventure and such love. God bless her for coming into your life. What a joy to have had Josh and his lovely family. I know you will be looking down on them when Kaiden comes. My heart is overflowing with thoughts, but what am I going to do without you? I will cherish every memory. Allison adored you and we will take good care of her. I love you and will miss you more than anything. Till I see you in heaven, rest well my dear brother. Love,
My Dear Friend Kim, a man of God, a kind and generous soul, a lifter of spirits, a man of character, someone you loved to be around and loved to laugh with. You never sought the limelight, you always worked diligently to be supportive and you always put God 1st. I felt blessed to be able to call you friend, and even more blessed to watch what a blessing you were to my dear friend, Robyn, your loving wife. You two were truly God's gift to each other.
Thank you for setting a beautiful example of what a strong and loving man acts like and how he carries himself in his purpose filled life. Your legacy is long and spreads to everyone you ever touched.
That legacy, "make a difference with God's love."
As I am writing this, I realize that even in your passing, you have left us a gift. I hear your encouragement to be part of God's plan, to be active and to participate. Even in our loss and sadness of not having you standing next to us, I know that emotional loss can be turned around to emotional energy and passion for helping others, as you would have done. Actions plus time will help me to appreciate your life even more. Thank you my dear friend. 2Corinthians 1:3-4
A metaphor I think Kim would have liked:
If I had a flat tire on my bike, I wouldn't just sit there waiting for time to heal my tire.
I would get to work, take the time I needed, and breathe some life into my tire, and complete my journey.
Kim worked tirelessly to fulfill God's plan, he had many passions he put his energy in. Lets try and do the same.
I will miss you Kim.
Diane Hufstedler- Lincoln
My uncle Kim, I am the luckiest man in the world to have such a wonderful man as an uncle. Thanks to you Kim, some of the best memories of my life and they were spent with you. Your memory will never fade away. I love you and miss you so much.
With all my love,
Your nephew Thomas
My dear uncle Kim,
If you could only see how many lives you had such a great impact on you would be so happy. You were such a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, and uncle. I will never forget all the wonderful memories I have of you. You were such a huge part of our lives growing up. I will never forget the time you came out to Las Vegas and made me a lizard net out of my mom's pantyhose and a wire hanger. You caught us lizards the whole time you were out there. You raised such a beautiful daughter and have blessed Robyn with the best years of her life. May you rejoice with the Lord until we all see you again. I will hold you near and dear to my heart forever. You didn't get to make it to my wedding but I know that when the day comes you will watching down on me. I love you uncle Kimmie.
Until I see you again,
Your niece Megan
To my Dear Uncle Kim,
I wish that I had something inspiring to say but all I have in my heart is sadness. You were such a great uncle, every great childhood memory has you in it. All of our camping trips and just watching you and my mom have such great times is something I will always cherish. Watching the relationship you and my mom had, showed me me how to cherish Megan and Thomas. I am so saddened that my son did not get a chance to meet his wonderful uncle but I find peace that you are in heaven watching over all of us. See you soon my uncle keep a fishing pole waiting for me.
I love you with all of my heart,
Your niece Erin.
Ever since I met Kim at Saddleback Church in the early 1990s, Kim always displayed great character and integrity. When he married Robyn, he was incredibly happy and proud and together they openly shared their faith with many, including the people of Rwanda. I will personally miss seeing Kim’s smiling face and his friendship, but I know that he is where we all look forward to be some day, in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Thanks, Kim, for your compassion, laughter, friendship, and for always making others feel important and loved. I will miss you.
Thanks for being a true friend. I look back over the 20+ years we’ve known each other and it’s been a pleasure to be able to spend those times in the small band of friends called the Do’ers. Kim was always one to jump into something new and exciting if it was Seadooing, scuba diving, running, rode biking, or mountain biking he was up to the challenge. He not only talked but also walked with the Lord showing us all how to truly live life to the fullest and help others in God’s way.
Kim, find all those good trails and dive spots in heaven so when we meet again we can continue our journey…
We’ll never forget!!!
Dennis L. Cerney