Joel Kirby

Joel Kirby was born about the year 1812 and according to the records we find, he was born in New York. Very little is known of his youth.

Somehow, Joel ended up in Lake and/or Geauga Counties, Ohio. It was here that he met and married Julia Ann Rossman, the daughter of William Rossman and Jerusha Warren Rossman. They were married in Geauga County, Ohio on the 8th of July in 1832. Joel was a “moulder” by trade.

The marriage of Joel and Julia Ann was blessed with the births of at least 10 children. Their children were: Oscar, Mary Jane, Amanda, Anna Mariah, Thomas H., Jerusha E., David, Lemora, Joel, and Edward A. Their eldest, Oscar, fought in the Civil War for the Union side. He was taken prisoner in Georgia, and died in Andersonville Military Prison. During the time of his captivity, Oscar’s father, Joel, enlisted in the Ohio 4th Calvary, Company I, the 4th Calvary was the same unit that his son was assigned to. I have wondered many times if perhaps Joel, thought to enlist and go to his son, in hopes to help him. How hard this War Between the States was on the families, not to mention, the soldiers. Joel was honorably discharged at the ending of the war.

On the 20th of May in 1879, Joel was admitted to the National Soldier’s Home in Dayton, Ohio. Joel died on the 19th of September in 1892 from advanced bronchitis. He is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery

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Richard L. Kirby

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.

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Stanley Allan Kirby

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Stanley Allan Kirby
April 26, 1932 – December 23, 2012

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KIRBY, Stanley Allan, 80 of Lebanon, died Saturday December 23, 2012 in Lebanon, OH. Born April 26, 1932 to Ralph and Mildred (nee: Bowman) Kirby in Dayton, OH. Stanley loved “anything outside the back door” that included fishing with his boys and gardening in his yard. He was a lifetime member in NRA and very proud of it.

Stanley is preceded in death by his wife of 41 years Penelope Ellen (nee: Long) Kirby in 2006.

He is survived by his two sons, Shawn Kirby and Brian (Angela) Kirby, three daughters, Karen (Roger) Sears, Ruth (Peter Garland) Kirby and Beth (Allen) Sanders, one step son, Terry (Tina) Petrey, two brothers, Donald (Margaret) Kirby and Robert (Beverly) Kirby, one sister, Leta Loiuso, and seven grandchildren.

Private services will take place at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stanley Kirby’s name to Arbor Day Foundation by visiting Arrangements are by Oswald-Hoskins Funeral, Lebanon. Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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Wayne E. Kirby

KIRBY, Wayne E., age 90, passed away August 20, 2015 at Laurelwood Senior Living. He was born in Cherokee, OK in 1925 to parents, Pearl and Jack T. Kirby.

Wayne enlisted in 1943 in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in European theatre as a tail gunner in B-24 bombers. In 1947 he qualified at the Air Force Fire-Fighter Training School following that career thru Korean conflict and 2 Vietnam deployments. He retired the Air Force as Chief Master Sargent in 1974.

He was employed by Ohio as a Deputy State Fire Marshall for 17 years serving counties in SW Ohio. He volunteered at the Air Force Museum, Wright-Pat Medical Center and Kettering Lathrem Senior Center. He was a member of Tokyo Masonic Lodge, Tokyo, Japan and Antioch Shrine.

He is survived by wife, Jean, whom he met at Mt. Fuji, Japan. They married in Tokyo in 1955. Also survived by sons, Scott (Beth) and Jeff (Crystie); a sister, Betty; brothers Robert and Jack; and grandchildren, Steven, Leah, Kevin and Riley. Predeceased by siblings, James, John and RosaLee.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00am on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave, Kettering with a memorial service following at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, family request any donations be made to the Alzheimer Association, 31 W. Whipp Rd., Dayton, OH 45459.

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Jason William Kirby

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KIRBY, Jason William age 37, of Centerville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Jason was a Regional Sales Manager for Lion Apparel and a Firefighter-E.M.T. for the Washington Township Fire Department for eighteen years. He was involved in his community in many ways including serving the W.T.F.F.A. as Treasurer and as the current President. Jason also served as Committee Chair of the WTFD Ice Cream Social. He loved being involved with his kids activities and was an enthusiastic coach for the Centerville Wee Elks and Centerville Youth Wrestling. Jason is survived by his wife, Debby; son, Joshua Michael and daughter, Piper Anne; parents, Rodger and Patricia Kirby; sister, Trinity Roberts and fiancé, Joe Faison; Goddaughter and only niece, Carly Jane Roberts; father and mother-in-law, Dave and Lynne Cunningham and numerous other relatives and close friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. Family will greet friends from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2009 at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Kirby Kids Education Fund”, with checks made payable to College America 529 and “Kirby Children” in the memo section, c/o The Lion Apparel Human Resources Department, 6450 Poe Avenue, Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio 45414, Attn: Shanda Brown or to the “Jason Kirby Family Fund” also in c/o The Lion Apparel Human Resources Department, 6450 Poe Avenue, Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio 45414, Attn: Shanda Brown. Arrangements in care of the Meyer-Boehmer & Reis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in Dayton Daily News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2009
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Mark E Kirby

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TIPP CITY — Mark E. Kirby, age 56, of Tipp City, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, IN as a result of a trucking accident. He was born on August 21, 1959 in Troy, OH to the late James and Mary (Trick) Kirby. His wife of 35 years, Penny Kirby, survives.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mark is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Lisa and Kyle Bigelow and Kacie and Blake Lavy, all of Troy; three brothers: Mike Kirby of Fletcher, Gary Kirby of Greenville and Randy Kirby of Sidney; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Dean and Beth Hunter of Troy; and five grandchildren: Mackenzie and Carson Lavy and Baylee, Ellee and A. J. Bigelow. He was preceded in death by one grandson: Griffin Bigelow; and two sisters: Kim Kirby and Sandy Kirby.

Mark was a 1977 graduate of Miami East High School. He was a self employed truck driver. Mark loved spending time with his grandkids and was an avid enthusiast of older cars. He was also a big fan of watching westerns.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Baird Funeral Home in Troy with Rev. Dr. Richard Culp officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, OH. Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association , 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or American Heart Association , 1313 West Dorothy Lane, Kettering, OH 45409. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Published in Troy Daily News from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2015
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