M. June Kirlin
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A memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, for M. June Kirlin, 103, of Klamath Falls, who died July 29, 2013, in Klamath Falls of natural causes, at 2 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 601 Pine St.
June was born June 1, 1910, in Columbus, Wis., to Opha and Walter Dickenson. She married S. Warner Kirlin in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1951.
June played her first piano recital at age 5 and her first church service and began teaching at age 12. She studied music at Drake University in Iowa, the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Ill., and the University of Oregon in Eugene. Music was with her all of her life. Besides performing on piano and organ and directing choirs and orchestras, she wrote and directed the music at WMT radio station in Iowa in an era when music was performed live.
She had a very large catalogue of her compositions that she wrote for piano, organ, voice, choir, chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Several of her compositions have been performed in the U.S. and internationally. June continued composing and performing until the age of 98.
She moved from Eugene to Klamath Falls in 2005 and, after the death of her husband, Warner, to Quail Ridge at Crystal Terrace. For the past year, June lived with her daughter, Judy Swan.
Survivors include her daughter Judy Swan of Klamath Falls, and Chris Swan of Portland and, in Texas, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and her husband, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. Other survivors include a brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
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Published in Herald And News on Aug. 15, 2013