|(Wednesday - September 30, 2020)
- Richard "Dick" L. Kirk, 84, of Armstrong Creek, passed away peacefully
on Monday, September 28, at ManorCare Health Care Services, of natural
causes, with his cousin by his side.
Dick was born June 22, 1936,
to Paul and Dorothy (Peterson) Kirk, at his grandparents' home, Chet and
Evelyn Peterson, in Goodman. His father was a well driller and his
mother a homemaker.
Dick attended kindergarten in Goodman before
the family moved to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where his father worked at
the shipyards. He attended school there for four years. The family then
decided to move to Indianapolis, Indiana where his father started his
own plumbing business. Dick attended Public School 27 there until the
9th grade. His parents divorced and his mother with three children moved
to Goodman to live with her parents. Dick graduated from Goodman High
School in 1954. After graduation he traveled to Milwaukee and worked for
the Maynard Steel Casting Company for three years. He then went to work
for Harley Davidson Motor Company in 1957. Dick liked his job test
driving motorcycles and snowmobiles before they went into production. He
also liked riding his own Harley IL motorcycle. Scott and Dan, his
nephews, both have Harley's.
In the winter, Dick, and his cousin
Ray, would go trail riding on their Harley snowmobiles. His past
enjoyments also included traveling up north, going to Luck, Wisconsin,
California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, Washington, Canada, and
many other places to visit family and friends.
Playing cards and
board games were favorite things as well. After retirement Dick moved to
his place on Forest Lake for the summers and took his RV to warmer spots
in the winter. In 1995 he became an official "snowbird" in Del Rio,
Texas for many years. Later on, Dick moved to Goodman. When in Goodman
he attended the Meal Site. There he reconnected with old friends and
made new ones. He enjoyed playing bingo and eating good food made by his
favorite cook, Debbie. Richard never married but loved children of all
Dick is survived by his sister Judith (Bill) Berg of
Florida; three nephews from the Iron Mountain area, Scott (Michelle)
Deau, Dan (Sally) Deau and Rusty (Tammy) Deau and Mike (Dorri) Deau of
Georgia; four nieces, Terrie Kirk of Rollins, North Carolina, Debbie
(Steve) Warren of Lawson, Missouri, Heather Harvey, Florida and Holly
Koelbl, Clintonville, Wisconsin; great-nieces and great-nephews, many
cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his
grandparents, parents, brother Bob and his wife Lori, and their daughter
Kim, and by a foster brother, Larry Noggle.
A graveside service
will take place Wednesday, October 7, at 10:00 AM at the Glenwood
Cemetery in Goodman.
The family would like to thank ManorCare for
their compassionate care and comfort for Dick over the years.
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The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home and Crematory
of Florence to honor Richard's legacy of life.