Donald Ray Kirk, 73, passed away on March 9, 2019 in Topeka.
Don was born Oct. 27, 1945 in Ottawa to Mary Jean (Holtzman) Kirk and Hubert Fred Kirk. He was the second of five children and is survived by his brother Fred (Nancy) and sisters Peggy Velasquez, Margaret (Mike) Maloney and Nancy Matthew. He is also survived by his wife of 19 years, Debbie, sons Chris (Erica) and Matt (Kira) Kirk, step sons Brian and Jeff (Krista) Allen, ten grandchildren (Chandler (Addie) Allen, Britney Allen, Ethan Kirk, Grace Kirk, Henry Kirk, Leland Kirk, Kevin Allen, Brian Allen, Clara Allen, Cecily Allen and one great grandchild (Drew Allen)). He was a member of the Catholic church.
Don graduated from Gardner High School in 1963 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves for six years. He was a serial entrepreneur and was always a person you could turn to for advice in getting a new business off the ground. He loved the thrill of sales and starting a new enterprise. He was involved in the printing industry much of his life and was always excited by the challenge of new ideas and businesses. Don travelled and did business throughout the world and always enjoyed meeting new people from different cultures.
While Don grew up in and around Gardner and Edgerton, he spent most of his life in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He also lived in St. Charles, Ill., Tuscon, Ariz., Edmond, Okla., and Blackwell, Okla.
Don excelled in debating politics and loved his country. You would learn very quickly to be prepared for a heated conversation before engaging him in a conversation. He was a patriot through and through. He was an avid Jayhawks basketball, Royals baseball and Chiefs football fan. Don always had a remodeling project at home. Don was a connoisseur of fine cars and owned some great automobiles from a 60’s Corvette Stingray to a Detomaso Pantera to a Mercedes 450SL. He was a dog lover and always had at least one around him. True to Kirk form, Don loved his family most of all and worked tirelessly to give them a life he never had. He desperately wanted his kids and grandkids to have opportunities and see possibilities in life that few others had the vision to see. Don had an immense pride for all those he called family and is missed more than he could ever imagine.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 555 West Main Street, Gardner, Kansas on Friday, April 12th at 1:00 pm and a Celebration of Life will be held for Don on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm at the home of Chris and Erica Kirk located at 18350 Cockriel Road, Edgerton, MO 64444 (8 miles north of KCI airport).