James Kirk

Columbus – James Kenneth Kirk, 88, of Columbus, passed away May 6, 2014, at his home.
Born February 23, 1926, in Appleton City, Mo, Kenneth was the son of Garth Alexander Kirk and Julia Clark Kirk Sharp. Kenneth’s father passed when he was a baby and was raised by his step-father, C. G. (Gus) Sharp, and mother Julia.
Kenneth graduated from Appleton City High School in Appleton City, Mo. On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1946, he married his bride of 67 years, Ruth Swaters Kirk. She survives at the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Sharp, of Dallas, Texas. His sister Janie Mayes of Virginia survives.
In addition to his wife, Kenneth is survived by four children: Pat and husband Carl Daugherty of Carl Junction, Mo; Linda Atkinson and longtime special friend Don Pitts of Joplin, Mo; Don and wife Laura Kirk of Columbus, Kan; and Mary Jane and husband Ron Simpson of Columbus Kan. He is survived by nine grandchildren: Julie Cassidy, Columbus, Kan; Shelly Morgan, Lawrence, Kan; April Willis, Neosho, Mo; Eric Atkinson, Tamarindo, Costa Rica; Geoff Pitts, Hilton Head, SC; Stephanie Pitts, Owasso, Okla; Nate, Luke, and Mack Kirk, Columbus, Kan; Jill Miller, Webb City, Mo; and Jamie Boschee, Webb City, Mo. Additionally, he is survived by 13 great-grandchildren.
In 1965, Kenneth and Ruth moved their family to Columbus, Kan, to continue working for P & M Mining Company. Kenneth was a welder and responsible for helping with the maintenance of Big Brutus. Kenneth also had his own business, Kirk’s Home Improvements before retiring from P & M after 20 years. In 1969, with business partner, Glenn Hamm, they started H & K Camper Sales. Kenneth’s son, Don, continues to run the family business.
The Kirk Family spent many weekends camping at the local strip pits and Grand Lake where fond memories of fishing, family, and storytelling were made. Always the storyteller, Kenneth, had a joke or story for every occasion. His stories will live on with his many friends and family.
Kenneth was a former Boy Scout Leader and member of the Lion’s Club and Knights of Columbus where he was a 3rd degree Knight.
A rosary was held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation followed at the church until 8:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at St. Rose on Friday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in Park Cemetery, Columbus, Kan. Father Chrysostom AuMong and Father Larry Parker will concelebrate the mass of Christian burial.
Services are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to: Knights of Columbus Council 9999 or the Columbus Community Foundation. The family received friends at the home of Mary Jane and Ron Simpson, 123 Grandview, Columbus.


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