2016-02-04 / Obituaries

George R. Kirk

Warfordsburg, 80

George Robert “Bobby” Kirk, 80, Warfordsburg, died Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Born November 24, 1935, in Warfordsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert George Kirk and Fairy (Vangosen) Kirk.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Ann (Gordon) Kirk, Waynesboro; two sisters: Alice Layton and Ruth Smith, both of Warfordsburg; two sons: Dr. Robert Allen Kirk, Cockeysville, Md., and Rev. Thomas Gordon Kirk, Redmond, Ore.; seven grandchildren: Abigail (Kirk) Ryan, Ira Kirk, Andrew Kirk, Mimi Kirk, Matthew Kirk, Hillary Kirk and Sommer Kirk; and two great-grandchildren: Dalton Ryan and Everett Ryan.

He graduated from Warfordsburg High School in 1953. He was the valedictorian of his class. He started a four-year machinist apprenticeship at Landis Machine Co., in Waynesboro, Pa., June 8, 1953, and worked for that company for 46 years, mostly in the engineering department. He retired as manager of engineering services there in November 1999. He also completed a carpentry course at the vo-tech, and enjoyed working on numerous carpentry projects at his home.

He was a member of the Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and through the years served in Presbyterian churches as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Sunday school superintendent.

He was a charter member of the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown in 1964. He enjoyed restoring Mustangs from the 1960s, and was a crew member on several local race car teams. He was a board member of the Waynesboro Industrial Heritage Museum. He was a volunteer at the Renfrew Museum and Park; the Eastern Europe Aid Association; and a volunteer mechanic at Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, 14735 Charmain Road, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Pastor Carl Batzel will officiate.

There will be a time of meditation at 3:30 p.m., at the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. Rev. Thomas Kirk will officiate. Burial will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Contributions in his name be made to the Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 582, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.

Online condolences will be accepted at www.grovefh.com

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