Obituary of Thomas Joseph Kirby
Thomas J. Kirby, 80, of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at Sunnycrest Nursing Center, Dysart, Iowa.
Due to current COVID protocol, masks are required and social distancing is encouraged at all venues.
Visitation will be held from 9 – 10:30 am Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. This service will be streamed at Kramer Funeral Home Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KramerFuneral). A link is listed on Kramer Funeral Home's home page.
Tom was born March 7, 1940, in Delaware County, Iowa, the son of Paul and Helen (Haas) Kirby. He served in the Army from 1961-1963. He married Dorothy Dirks on April 30, 1963, in Manchester. They moved to Monticello and Tom worked at Farmstead Foods, maintained Central Park and retired from MC Industries (Polo Plastics).
Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He always had a cold beer ready if someone stopped by to visit. He would often camp at Central Park, Bellevue and Gearhart Mountain, and he enjoyed playing cards at the Showroom, deer hunting, Riding ATV’s, watching his grandchildren’s activities and taking winter trips to Mission, TX.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy, daughters: Valerie (Curt) Bacon of Hopkinton, Theresa (Bob) Carlson of Monticello and Laura (Rob) Gearhart of Coggon; grandchildren: Alecia and Jeremy (Rachel) Bacon and Samantha (Devin) Putz, Justin (Rhea) Carlson, and Ryan and Jenna Gearhart; great grandchildren: Adalyn Bacon, Caiden and Mila Putz and Emmalee Carlson; siblings: Alan (Lorna) Kirby, Kenneth (Sandy) Kirby, Ronald (Kathy) Kirby and Karen (Jim) Baumgartner, all of Strawberry Point; a sister-in-law, Helen Dirks of Monticello, his dog, Buddy and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Stacey Carlson, siblings: Janette (Joseph) Strang and Robert Kirby, in-laws: Myrtle and William Dirks, Eugene Dirks, Anna (Lawrence) Kray, Lavonne (Harold) Peters, Wanita (Gib) Nehl and Helen (Bob) Drumbarger.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com. Cards and memorials may be mailed to the Kirby family in care of Kramer Funeral Home at PO Box 791, Monticello, IA 52310-0791.