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 Ivan John Kirkwood, an Air Force Veteran and retired journeyman lithographer, 71, went to be with his Lord on July 27. He passed away at home with wife and daughter in attendance.

    He was born on Oct. 31, 1945 to Wilber E. "Kirk" Kirkwood and Vesta Roberta "Bobbie" Kirkwood. He attended Martinson grade school, Allison Jr High, and West High, where he played football and wrestled. He graduated from West in 1963, and joined the USAF, to be shipped out to basic training one day after graduation. He was honorably discharged in May 1967 as a Staff Sergeant, with two years of active reserve remaining. He married Carol Lee Mccune-Watts on May 15, 1965. They were married for 52 years, but together for 55 years.

Click for larger image    They had four children and an adopted son, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Daughter Diana Sue (Kirkwood) Retzlaff (1970-2011) Son Morgan Justus Edward Kirkwood, Son Preston Wilber Kirkwood (1973-1990); Daughter Sherri Elaine Kirkwood, Son Drake Wilber Ian Kirkwood.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Melvin Kirkwood, daughter Diana and son Preston.

Click for larger image    He is survived by his wife, Carol, sons Morgan (Lisa) and Drake, daughter Sherri: grandchildren Christopher Retzlaff, Kimberlee Diane Retzlaff, John (Kelsey) Retzlaff, Justus Edward Kirkwood, Colson Neal Kirkwood, Brooke Elise Kirkwood, Drake Wilber Ian Kirkwood; great-grandchildren Tobias Matthew Retzlaff and Ava Sue Retzlaff.; sister Barbara Derifield, brother Greg (Jan) Kirkwood, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

    Memorial service is Saturday, August 26, 11:00 AM, at University Friends Church, 1840 W. University, Wichita KS. There will be a reception following in Fellowship Hall.

Guest Book

From: Mark Volkomener

I'm sorry to hear of your brother's passing. But know that he is now in a better place.
Scriptures teach us that when we pass we go the a happy beautiful place where we receive the ordinances and teachings of Jesus to prepare us to meet our Heavenly Father again. A near-death experience my mother had in my presence has confirmed that to me.
I have lost a mother and father and that was hard for me, but I have never lost a sibling. I can only imagine that it must be even harder.
My prayers are with you and your family.

From: Steve Shepherd

Grew up down the street from the Kirkwoods and spent many a day at their home. Ivan was the "older" brother to Greg and I and always let us know it. Great memories of growing up. Sad to hear of his passing, my condolence to the family members both young and old.

From: Sherri kirkwood

Thank you uncle Greg for everything, and thank you to all for the condolences.

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