James “Jim” Kirkpatrick

James “Jim” Kirkpatrick

1936-2017

James “Jim” Howard Kirkpatrick, 80, of Danville, died March 14, 2017. He was born July 11, 1936 in Moreland, the fifth of eight children of Joseph and Estelle Merriman Kirkpatrick.

He was a graduate of Hustonville High School while a member of the U.S. National Guard. He served over a decade in the U.S. Navy, and proudly served in the Seabees as a disbursement clerk. While in the Navy, he lived in Washington, D.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Philippine Islands; Port Hueneme, Calif., the latter tenure was with his bride, Lucy Owens.

Together, they created a family of three children, seven grandchildren, and boundless nieces, nephews, and relations treated as family.

After his naval career, Jim completed the quality control training program for American Greetings and served in management for 32 years. His appreciation for precision and detail were a perfect fit for his roles. He was beloved for his kindness, consistency, and acceptance. Most of all, Jim appreciated family and history. This included family vacations to many historical sites, frequent visits to family members living out of state, and volunteering for most any role a family member needed.

He served as an Elder and Deacon at First Christian Church, among many other roles supporting the church and its members.

Left to cherish his memory and carry forward his legacy are his wife of 58 years, Lucy; three daughters, Julie Lemaster (Tim), Kelly Anderson (Greg), and Emily Kirkpatrick (Stephen Haag); grandchildren Caleb Lemaster, Lucy Lemaster, Logan Anderson, Molly Anderson, James Haag, Joseph Haag, and Patrick Kirk Haag; siblings, Sandra Courtoy and Patricia Burton; and sister-in-law, Mary Kirkpatrick. Siblings predeceasing him were, Maxine Kirkpatrick Fazioli, Joseph Kirkpatrick, Jr., William M. Kirkpatrick, Sr., Glynn Kirkpatrick, and Robert “Bobby” Kirkpatrick.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church of Danville. The funeral will be led by Dr. Mickey Anders at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church. Burial to follow at Bellevue Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to First Christian Church, Danville or the National Kidney Foundation.

Pallbearers will be, Donata Lux, Mike Fazioli, Billy Kirkpatrick, Barbara Jo Rogers, Tom Townes, and Jared Townes. Honorary pallbearers will be, Roger Kirkpatrick, Don Hayden, Bill Cocanougher, and members of the Charlie Spears Sunday School Class. The family expresses appreciation to Dr. David Overstreet, Dr. R. Greg McMorrow, Dr. Ayman Geneidy, the staff of Nephrology Associates of Lexington, and the staff of Ft. Logan Hospital. www.wlpruitt.com