Minor W. "Junior" Kirby Jr., 90, of Upper Sandusky, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home.
Junior was born in a log cabin April 19, 1923, on the family farm, in Wyandot County, to Minor W. Kirby Sr. and Arminnie (Clingman) Kirby. After his mother's death, his father married Laura Smith. His parents and stepmother preceded him in death. Junior married Angeline England Shock in January 1952. They divorced and she died Sept. 13, 1985.
Junior is survived by a sister, Lydia Cocklin of Sycamore; his four children, Jack (Christine) Kirby of Elwood, Ind., Charlie (Lorrie) Kirby of rural Sycamore, Rita Higginbotham of Carey and Karen (Bubba) Clinger of Sycamore; his companion and caregiver for many years, Opal Johnson of Upper Sandusky; her four children, Billy Johnson and Don (Mary Jane) Johnson, both of rural Sycamore, Cathy (Rex) Rhoden of Upper Sandusky and Ricky Johnson of Lima; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses, Bessie and Frank Cramer, Esther and Dave Sniffen, Andy and Pat Kirby and Robert "Bob" Cocklin; three sons, Dan Kirby Sr., Chester (Mike) Shock and Terry Shock; two grandchildren, Michelle and Ryan Jason Kirby; a son-in-law, Jerry Higginbotham; and Opal's son, Roger Johnson.
Junior drove semi truck his whole adult life. He started the AMVETS in Sycamore and was a member of Sycamore American Legion Post No. 250. He enjoyed fishing, hunting animals, mushrooms and puffballs around Wyandot County. He owned many animals over the years; his favorites were his horse, Rowdy, and his little dog, Teddy.
Junior served his country during World War II and was proud to be a U.S. Marine.
At his request, there will be no visitation but a ceremony with family and friends will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the place he was born, now the home of Theresa and Bill Moore, 2855 TH 136, Sycamore. Pastor Matt Garrabrant will officiate and the Sycamore American Legion will conduct military graveside honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wyandot County Hospice or Angeline School of Opportunity in care of Walton-Moore Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350, Sycamore, OH 44882, who has been entrusted with arrangements.