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Richard Forest Kirby

January 15, 1928 July 17, 2018
Richard Forest Kirby
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Richard (Dick) Forrest Kirby, age 90 deeply loved husband, father and grandfather, of Oak Park Heights, Minnesota and formerly of Sturgis passed on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
He was preceded in death by wife, Jean L. Kirby, mother, Bernice A. Kirby and father, Everett L. Kirby.
Dick is survived by children Scott (Mary), Kimberly (Steven Belzer) and Steven (Carolyn). He is also survived by 4 grandchildren Todd (Alishia), Mitchell, Jane and Kory.
Dick was born in Sturgis, Michigan on January 15, 1928 and attended Sturgis High School where he played basketball and was a drummer in the band.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1950. Dick worked in sales for Weyerhaeuser, was CEO of Warner True Value Hardware and was the GM of the General Paint and Chemical Division of Cotter and Company.
He enjoyed retirement with his beloved wife Jean at his cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin and home in Naples, Florida. Dick lived his life through his Christian faith and love for his family. He was a proud veteran. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, listening to jazz music, and doing home projects. He and his wife Jean loved getting together with lifelong friends from Sturgis, Michigan, Bloomington, Minnesota and their retirement community at Boutwells Landing. Dick will be missed for his gentle smile, sense of humor, kindness and caring way. Our family will be forever grateful for the support and kindness that the Boutwell Landing and Lakeview Hospice teams provided to Dick during the later stages of his life.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Richard “Dick” Kirby will be held Tuesday, July 24 at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, MI. The Rev. Jeanne Garza and Pastor Robert Keim will officiate. Interment following at Oak Lawn Cemetery, where full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Navy Historical Foundation ( or the Sturgis Area Community Foundation Re: Depot and Museum Preservation Fund, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 (
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Boutwells Landing Steamboat Lounge

5600 Norwich Pkwy
Oak Park Height, Minnesota 55082

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11:00 AM 7/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

200 Pleasant Ave.
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

First United Methodist Church
200 Pleasant Ave. Sturgis 49091 Michigan
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Oak Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

300 E. South Street Sturgis 49091 Michigan
United States

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