Kim Ingstad (better known as “Ranger Kim”), 68, passed away peacefully after his battle with cancer on July 8th, 2023, in the Carson Valley.
Kim was born in Muscatine, Iowa in 1954 to Donald and Bernice Ingstad. He was an accomplished athlete throughout his school years, and he built his own baseball field and pole vault pit in his backyard. Kim currently holds the pole vault record at Muscatine High School.
He moved to Tahoe in 1974 with his soon to be bride, Vicki Rexroth. There, Kim began his career at the North Tahoe PUD as a park ranger. On June 25th, 1977, he married the love of his life, Vicki, at Chamber’s Landing in Lake Tahoe. Kim and Vicki lived in Tahoe initially
for 5 years. Although they explored other places, they eventually returned to Tahoe and Kim resumed his career at the PUD. They then settled in Minden, Nevada in 1992 upon finding their “One Too Many Westerns” Ranch, where they lived for 31 lovely years.
Kim loved hiking, creating western-inspired projects on their property, cycling, woodcutting, and horseback riding. He used his unique talents to create a beautiful landscape on their one-acre ranch. Two of his most prominent hobbies were model trains and Jeeps. He coached his
kids’ basketball and baseball teams and was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Nevada Wolfpack fan.
Most of all, Kim enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends and playing his guitar. A prolific musician, he loved entertaining and composing his own songs. His passion for music led him to write lullabies for both of their children and multiple songs honoring family members and his love of the Carson Valley.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 46 years, Vicki, their children, Tyler and Kalin, and their spouses, Hannah, and Jared. He has two brothers, Jon and Scott, and many loving extended family members in Iowa and throughout the country.
Ranger Kim was a one-of-a-kind, genuine, compassionate cowboy who would do anything for his family, friends, and even strangers. We will all miss him!
A Celebration of Life will take place on August 4th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Douglas County Community Center Ranch View Room in Gardnerville, NV