OBITUARY

Kim K Stiles

June 12, 1955October 27, 2018
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Kim K. Stiles, age 63, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Kokomo. She was born on June 12, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio to Janie Young and the late Joseph Young. Kim graduated from Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill in 1973. She then joined the United States Army and served from 1979-1983 as a Military Finance Specialist. While serving, Kim received several certificates, awards of achievement, Good Conduct Medal, and qualified as Marksman on the M16 rifle and hand grenade. Following her service to her country, Kim received her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing in 1995 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Indiana University Kokomo in 1998. She also received additional studies in Textile Marketing through Kansas State University. Kim was married to her Army partner, Tyrone Herbert, in Germany in 1980. She and Tyrone later divorced. She then Married Gerald Stiles on June 1, 2003. Gerald preceded Kim in passing in 2007. Kim proclaimed Jesus Christ as her savior in 1980. She was an active member of the Professional Women Group in Kokomo and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Kim became handicapped in 1989, but never let that stop her from continuing her education. Kim is survived by her mother, Janie Young; brothers, Bruce Young, Leroy Young, and Eugene Young; nephews, Bruce P. (Tasha Powe) Young, and Jason Hardiman Young; niece, Haven Young; great-niece, Leilani Auroah Young; great-nephew, Kawhai Jairus Young; and special friend, Carmen Haskin. There will be a public visitation for Kim held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo on Wednesday, October 31st from 11-1, immediately followed by a funeral service. Memorial contributions in Kim’s name may be made to the American Heart Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph Young, Father
  • Janie Young, Mother
  • Tyrone Herbert, Ex-Husband
  • Gerald Stiles, Husband
  • Bruce Young, Brother
  • Leroy Young, Brother
  • Eugene Young, Brother
  • Bruce P. Young, Nephew
  • Jason Hardiman Young, Nephew
  • Haven Young, Niece
  • Leilani Auroah Young, Great-Niece
  • Kawhai Jairus Young, Great-Nephew
  • Carmen Haskin, Special Friend

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kim K Stiles

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Semerial Cameron

November 7, 2018

Dearest Janie and family,
I am still in unbelief in just now reading of the passing of Kim.
My heart is deeply saddened and I am devestated that I did not come to pay my final respect at her celebration of life .
I saw the pictures the family posted and wow what wonderful memories they brought back from when we all lived on the base.
Kim was a wonderful person and she will be sadly missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I am sorry to have missed being with you and family at this time of loss.

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Biography

To Kim K Stiles, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Kim, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Kim really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       Her parents were Joseph and Janie Young. Kim moved around a lot while she was growing up, having lived in Columbus, Ohio, overseas in England, Florida, and Kokomo, Indiana. Even as a child, Kim had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Kim was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Kim managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Kim was raised with one sibling and two adopted siblings. She had one older brother, Bruce, and two adopted brothers, Leroy and Eugene.

      All of Kim's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Kim experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She was a girl scout. In her spare time she liked reading, crocheting, and sewing. Kim's memorable achievements included writing and dancing.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Kim was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Kim simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Kim, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Kim graduated from Maconaquah High School in 1973. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were reading, English, math, and algebra. In addition to graduating, Kim will be remembered for her writing and research skills.

      Kim reveled in her college years, where her imagination could run free. She was viewed by many of her classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Kim was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. But for Kim, life was not a case of all play and no work. Kim relished the task of putting her imagination to work in class. She was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. She earned her Associate's Degree in Business Administration/Marketing in 1995 and he Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Indiana University Kokomo in 1998. She also received additional studies in Textile Marketing through Kansas State University. Her favorite course was in marketing. While in college, Kim was asked to join ROTC, which later lead to a successful career in the United States Army.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Kim very easy to approach. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      At work, as in life, Kim was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Kim liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Kim was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Kim's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Kim as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was in finance for the United States Army.

      Kim was a veteran of the United States Army. She spent the majority of her Army career in Germany. Through her hard work and dedication, she achieved the rank of Specialist. She received several awards including a Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Medal, and qualified Marksman on the M16 rifle and hand grenade.

      Kim enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Kim liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were reading the Bible, sewing, and watching movies. Kim was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Kim often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Kim was Democrat.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Kim recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Kokomo Baptist Church for one year and Church of Deliverance for one year. During that time, she was involved in Bible Study.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Kim was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Kim was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. One of her most prestigious awards was being named top salesperson of the month.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Kim just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Florida and Georgia.

      Kim was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. Kim's favorite pets included a cat and a dog, named Black Jack. Her family was rounded out by her hamster.

      Kim believed that you had to experience life, and even though she became handicapped at a young age, she viewed that life was no different. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Kim remained busy with people and projects. She found new pleasure in playing cards, doing research, and reading. Kim continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Kim passed away on October 27, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. Kim fought a brave battle against mental illness. She is survived by her mother, Janie Young; her brothers, Bruce, Leroy, and Eugene; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo, Indiana. Kim was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery in Kokomo.

      Kim brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Kim K Stiles lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.