Story by Megan Whitehead | Dec 28, 2016
Photography by Keith Borgmeyer

City Magazine’s Ones to Watch recognizes up-and-coming leaders who enhance local business and the community as a whole through their work and volunteerism. This year, ten people were chosen by a panel of past winners after being nominated by their peers and employers. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders.

Kyle Trimble

Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator
Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home, owner and operator

What is the single biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?

Since joining the family business nine years ago, I’ve realized that listening with sincerity and compassion is the greatest gift life can teach. Open-minded listening allows one to learn from others. It helps me help them, and, in doing so, it facilitates my growth as a person.

Why is it important to you to be involved in the community?

A gentleman for whom I have great respect once told me, “It is the duty of old men to plant trees in whose shade they will never sit.” This is why community involvement is not only important, but crucial for any community’s future existence. I hope that through my business and civic actions I am doing my part to “plant trees” and make Jefferson City and Cole County the very best place to live. 

Best advice from your parents?

Have patience. Like most young people, upon first entering the profession I was full of ideas and new concepts. I quickly realized that all ideas and concepts must wait for their moment.

If you weren’t in your profession, what profession would you get into?

As a boy, I often wondered if I should pursue research work toward finding a cure for diabetes. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. The FDA recently approved use of an insulin pump that reacts to blood sugar levels and automatically provides the necessary insulin.

What is the one thing you miss most about childhood?

All the cartoon shows (“TaleSpin,” “DuckTales,” “G.I. Joe,” “Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers,” “The Real Ghostbusters,” “Inspector Gadget,” “The Jetsons”). Recently, a friend said he found a remake of the old “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” show on Netflix. It wasn’t as good as the original, but it was still was fun to watch and remember that era of cartoons.

Community Involvement:

  • Special Learning Center Foundation board
  • Special Learning Center Operating board
  • Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association
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