Kenneth J. Kirkey, 87, a longtime resident of Washburn, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Kenny was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Painted Woods Township, rural Burleigh County, the son of Walter and Clara (Moline) Kirkey. He was raised on the family farm and educated in Painted Woods and Wilton schools. After moving to Washburn in 1957, Kenny worked for Farmers Union Oil Co. until his full-time retirement in 1999.
Throughout his life Kenny enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed buying, selling, trading and fixing firearms. He was a regular at gun shows and auction sales around North Dakota. He loved prospecting with his metal detector and showing off his findings. Later in life, he spent many years doing yard work for the elderly residents of Washburn. He was a regular at the Lewis & Clark Senior Center in Washburn where he loved to socialize and play pool. In 2010, Kenny moved to Bismarck where he enjoyed the companionship of the residents of Touchmark on West Century and Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.
Kenneth is survived by: his nephew, Kevin (Kathy) Kirkey, Bismarck; his niece, Darla (Scott) Roth, Lincoln; along with many other nieces and nephews and their families.
Kenny was preceded in death by: his parents; his brothers Walter Kirkey and Oscar Peterson; and his sisters, Edith Prather and Hazel Peterson.
A memorial service will be held: Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m., at Goetz Funeral Home in Washburn. A time of fellowship will follow at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
Inurnment will be held: at a later date in Rosehill Cemetery of rural Wilton.
Memorials are preferred to the Lewis & Clark Senior Center of Washburn.
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