Kirk  Colvig
Kirk Colvig
Kirk Colvig

January 4, 1934 - March 29, 2021
Born in Lake City, IA
Resided in Windsor Heights, Iowa
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Kirk F. Colvig, 87, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, at home after an eight year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19 at Lutheran Church of Hope-Elim, 2500 University Avenue in Des Moines. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to at 9:45 a.m. Monday to join in the service.

Kirk was born January 4, 1934, in Lake City, Iowa, to George and Maude (Wagner) Colvig. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1959, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. He met his future wife, Barbara Johnson of Storm Lake, Iowa, on a blind date arranged by a high school friend of Barbara’s. They married three years later on January 24, 1959. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona where their first two children were born and he worked at various architectural firms. The couple returned to the Des Moines area in 1965 and Kirk took a job with Tinsley, Higgins, Lighter and Lyon; and later became a partner with Higgins, Shirk and Colvig which ultimately became Colvig Architects. He retired in 2005 after which he and Barbara wintered in Orange Beach, Alabama for 15 years.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, had served on the boards of IZAAK Walton League and the Good Fellowship Club and had served as Treasurer on the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His favorite membership was with the Decoy 5 Hunting Club formed by him and his group of hunting buddies: Glenn Zimmerman, Denny Applegate, Jim Munro and Rich Gardner.

Kirk is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, his children, Kathryn Colvig of Nosara, Costa Rica; David (Jill) DeForest Colvig of Des Moines, IA, and Paul Colvig of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren, Angela (Jermaine) Byrd of Dover, NC, Georgia (Tony) Weil, Mitchell (Whitney Maclin) DeCarlo, Lily Colvig, and Clara Colvig, all of Des Moines, IA; and five great-grandchildren, Janiya, Jermaine, Vincent, Bernadette and Sloane. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Colvig and grandson Jade DeCarlo.

The family will receive friends from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at Iles Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later. Online condolences will be welcomed at






Memorial Visitation
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, April 18, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Memorial Service
Lutheran Church of Hope-Elim
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Monday, April 19, 2021
10:00 AM
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