Richard Kirke Obituary

Richard  Kirke
Richard Kirke
Richard Kirke

October 29, 1931 - July 6, 2009
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Richard Kirke, lifetime resident of Des Moines, Iowa died on Monday, July 6, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center from congestive heart failure. He was 77 years old.

Born in Des Moines on October 29, 1931 to Pearl and Ben Kirke, Richard graduated from Dowling High School in 1949 and the University of Iowa in 1953, with a major in Business Administration. Additionally, he was a proud member and Commander of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and President of the Inter-Fraternity Council.

Richard served the investment financial community in numerous capacities at Merrill Lynch, and most notably Midwest Vice President at Dean Witter and Company. He was a past member of both the Wakonda and Embassy clubs. He loved to cook, golf, and was an avid fan of Iowa and Notre Dame Athletics.

Richard is survived by his four children, Kerry Roach, Brian (Cindi) Kirke, Todd (Jenn) Kirke, and Valerie (Chris) Grubb; six grandsons, Jeffrey Roach, Jackson Kirke, Fletcher, Finley and Murphy Kirke, and Renner Grubb; five siblings, Martha (Philip) Dorweiler , Robert (Loral) Kirke, William (Mary) Kirke, Stephen (Marcia) Kirke and Gerald (Joan) Kirke; brother-in-law Dr. Philip Monnig and sister-in- law Jeanne Kirke, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Monnig, and brother, Bernard Kirke.

Visitation will be held at Saint Augustin Catholic Church, 545 – 42nd Street, on Sunday, July 12, between 5 and 8p.m., a Vigil service will begin at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Augustin Catholic Church. Officiating Clergy will be Monsignor Bognanno. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Blank Children's Hospital – Child Life Program, Attn: Alissa McKinney, 1200 Pleasant, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 241-8171 in Richard's memory.


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St. Augustin Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Sunday, July 12, 2009
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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St. Augustin Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, July 13, 2009
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, July 13, 2009