James F. “Jim” Rybak, 84, of Kimball, SD passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Mass is 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Bendon Cemetery, rural Kimball. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 with a 7:30 P.M. Rosary and Wake Service. Memorials in Jim’s honor may be directed to: SDRTL, 1107 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Suite 1-B, Rapid City, SD 57701 (SD Right to Life). Mount Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com. The funeral will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on the funeral home website (Webcasting) and through Mount Funeral Homes Facebook page.
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James F. Rybak was born on October 4, 1936 to Clarence and Katherine (Koch) Rybak in Richland Township, near Bendon in rural Kimball, SD. He graduated from Kimball High School in 1954 and went on to serve his country in the Marine Corps from May 31, 1956 to April 10, 1958. An innovative farmer, he was always looking for new ways to improve his techniques. Jim was an avid mechanic and repairman; there was nothing he couldn’t fix. He was also a skilled welder, woodworker and carpenter – even fabricating his own tools.
On June 6, 1970 Jim was united in marriage to Mary Schoen at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. Jim was an active member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and served on the Financial and Building and Maintenance Councils. He belonged to Drips American Legion Post #130 of Kimball, the National Farmers Organization, was Richland Township Clerk for over 30 years, on the Richland Township School Board, as well as the Sexton of the Bendon Cemetery. He also enjoyed fishing.
Grateful for having shared in Jim’s life: his wife of over 50 years, Mary Rybak of Kimball, SD; their six children: Chris (Antonia “Toni”) Rybak of Coleridge, NE, Daniel (Melissa) Rybak of Platte, SD, Eric (Maxine) Rybak of Columbus, NE, Michael (Becky) Rybak of Kimball, SD, Beth (Alan) Lugert of Davenport, IA and Anne (Mikail) Whitfield of Atchison, KS; 17 precious grandchildren and two step great grandchildren; five sisters: Joanne Chmela of Mitchell, SD, Delores (Duane) Overweg of Kimball, SD, Margaret (Barry) Yelenik of Manalapan, NJ, Gen (Ray) Bono of Rolla, MO and Roz (Dale) Gordon of Boonville, MO; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
James was preceded in death by: his parents, Clarence and Katherine Rybak; five grandchildren; a brother, John Rybak; a sister, Mary Ann; a brother-in-law, Marvin Chmela; and a niece, Lori.