Farrell Ray Kirk, 78, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Monday, January 18, 2021, after a long illness. He passed away in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born December 19, 1942 in Sesser, Illinois, the fifth child born to Alvis and Grace Kirk. He married Beverly Jo Chesnut September 14, 1963 in Buchanan, Michigan.
Farrell’s passions were family, gardening, tractor pulls, antique tractors and snowmobiling. He supported his kids and grandkids while exhibiting at the Berrien County Youth Fair for over fifty years. He has had a number of special pets over the years, most recently Walter, the goose.
Farrell was a hard worker. He started with farming. After several years with Clark Equipment, he started his fifty-year trucking career, which included owning his own fleet and retiring after twenty-nine years with Linde. He was very proud of his three million plus miles logged as a safe driver.
He was a member of Galien United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
Farrell will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife Beverly Kirk of Three Oaks; his children; Tammy (Ron Greulich) Koziel, Jamie (Woody White) Jenkins, both of Niles, Tom (Loneta) Kirk of Galien; seven grandchildren, Shane (Gretchen), Kelsey, Madison, Randy (Ashley), Ryan, Sebastian, Taylor; eight great grandchildren, Carson, Leland, Kora, Ambree, Autumn, Cameron, Bristol, Ryder; sisters, Violet Zebell of Goshen, Janice (Everett) Stolte of Irving, Illinois, Maxine Skala of Three Oaks, Linda (Brian) Habel of Sawyer, Judi Smith of Berrien Springs; sister-in-law, Nancy Kirk of Bridgman, Debbie Kirk of Zeigler, Illinois, Dianne Kirk of Three Oaks; brother-in- law, Ron Bond of New Buffalo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Randy Ray Kirk; his parents; one sister, Betty Bond; four brothers, Carrol Kirk, Jake Kirk, Max Kirk, Billy Kirk.
Family and friends will gather Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12 noon in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks.
Farrell will be laid to rest in Galien Township Cemetery.
The family prefers contributions in Farrell’s memory to Galien United Methodist Church, 208 North Cleveland Avenue, Galien, Michigan 49113, Berrien County Youth Fair Exhibitor Premiums, 9122 US Highway 31, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103, or Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan, 49085.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.
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