John Blaine Kimball Jr., age 70, of Crystal Lake, IL, formerly of Elgin, IL, passed away on January 30, 2022. He was born January 29, 1952 in Melrose Park, IL to his loving parents, Florence R. (née Reiter) and John B. Kimball Sr.

John is a descendent of the Elgin Kimballs, one of Elgin’s founding families. He grew up next to the Pratt Castle along the Fox River, and graduated from Elgin High School, Class of 1970. He then worked in collections at First Card, BankAmericard, and Chase Bank for 47 years before retiring in 2020.

John met Cynthia McLean at the Bowlway Lanes in Elgin and they were married for 47 years. He was a loving husband who put his wife above himself, and cared for her until his death.

John enjoyed working crossword puzzles while sipping coffee on the front porch of their Elgin home, and listening to John Williams’ speed jokes on WGN radio. He was a fan of all the Chicago teams, particularly the Blackhawks and Cubs. He and Cynthia loved to go camping and vacation in Florida. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kimball; twin brother, James Kimball; brother, Jay Kimball; and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

12 Replies to “John Blaine Kimball Jr.”

  1. I Love you…..

  2. My deepest condolences to Cindy & family. I will miss John so much. He was a pleasure to work with & we enjoyed sharing cocktails with he & Cindy. He was a big personality & so much fun. Love you, miss you, rest in peace my friend.

  3. God bless you “Jack”. You were a good friend and a very kind loving soul. I will miss our chats across the pond.
    Sleep well my friend until we meet again.
    Love Wendy xxxxx

  4. RIP John. You were always fun to be around, especially during the Visa bowling days. Cheers my friend! I remember the last thing you replied to me was you make me smile. Keep that smile like you always did.

  5. John, We were blessed to know you. You & Jim were two of the best guys in the EHS ’70 class of twins! Those of us singles in the class envied you the association in your parental home of another member of the Griffins. Our Prayers are for your safe transition to heaven even as you’ve left others here to mourn you. My All be blessed with comfort that you are no longer in pain yourself.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jim and family. A donation to the American Cancer Association was made with John in mind.

  7. Dear Cindy, I will sure miss my talks with Dude weekly the last few years. He always had a silly joke or something to say! Hugz and prayers, Dudette and Tim ..aka Carol and Anthony Serafin.

  8. I have countless great memories of John. First and foremost he was just a super nice guy. I’ll always remember the fun times we had playing softball, bowling, and golfing with the guys down in Biloxi. Rest In Peace buddy.

  9. So sorry to hear of Johns’ passing…We were friends for many years while working together. Sending heartfelt sympathy to Cindy and all the Kimball family….

  10. To the family of John. I am so sorry for your loss. John was a good man. I know him from Elgin. He talked about Cindy all the time. Never expected this. Sending prayers to the family.

  11. So Sad to hear of your passing, we will never forget you John. Brian & Vera

  12. He lived at the opposite end of our street. We were bookends. I knew John for at least 40 plus years. He retired when I was having heart surgery. I will miss him dearly and so will the guys at Hoopers and The Lions Club. Lol

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