Richard L. Kirby, 72, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Heartland of Bellefontaine. He was born February 22, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late John A. and Janet R. (Gillenwater) Kirby.
On December 28, 1966 in Bellefontaine, he married the former Miriam “Sue” Butterfield and she survives along with sons, Joe (Kim) Kirby of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Lt. Col. Jeff (Jennifer) Kirby of Columbia, South Carolina; grandchildren, John, Emily, Michael and T.J. Kirby and extended family, John and Colleen Gerke.
He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Viet Nam war. He was a 1958 graduate of Toledo DeVilbiss and attended Graceland University in Iowa. He attended the Indian Lake Community Church in Russells Point, Ohio and was a member and Past Master of the Indian Lake Lodge #722 F&AM, Knights Templar, Royal Arch Masons and Royal and Select Masons. He was also a member of Antioch Shrine in Dayton, Ohio and the Bukeye Kountry Club. He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, was an avid golfer, fishing, playing cards and was a Bridge player. He enjoyed traveling in his RV and wintering in Florida.
He worked at State Farm Insurance for thirty two years, retiring in December of 2009.
Deacon John Gerke will conduct the funeral service at 11 A.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine, where calling hours are Monday, July 23, 2012 from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 8 P.M., with a Masonic Service at 8 P.M. Interment will be at the Bellefontaine Cemetery with military rites by the Logan County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to San Juan Bridge Campaign, Indian Lake, Ohio.