George Kirkpatrick died peacefully in his sleep June 30, 2013, due to complications from a devastating stroke suffered in 2004.
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He was born in Denver in 1926. He graduated from South High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Marines in Guam during World War II. He graduated from Denver University in 1950. While at DU, George met Margaret Peterson, and they were married in 1948. He had a long career in Denver media sales beginning in the early 1950s at KFEL Channel 2, where he was the first sales person at the first TV station in the city. He worked at radio stations KIMN, KTLN and KOA, where he was general sales manager. He left KOA in 1984 to establish Best Investment Media Services with such clients as Bell Plumbing & Heating and Colorado Baggage.
George enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveling the globe with his sweetheart, Margaret. He was heavily involved with the National Western Stock Show and the Junior Livestock Auction.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; and grandson Patrick Pierce.
He is survived by daughters Suzanne McNulty (Tom), Meredith Grabow (Rodney) and Barbara Merchant (Mike); granddaughters Margaret Beldyk (Matt) and Brooke Starr; great-granddaughter Kennedy Starr; brother John Kirkpatrick; and several nieces and nephews.
George was always outgoing and the life of the party, and though in his last years he couldn't speak and was partially paralyzed, he still communicated well with his sparkling eyes and great laugh, always effervescent and full of life. He will be greatly missed by his family and those he touched along the way, including the wonderful staff and residents of Bear Creek Care and Rehab Center in Morrison and friends near and far.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Mount Vernon Country Club,24933 Clubhouse Circle in Golden.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Western Scholarship Trust, National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216.
To write a condolence to the family, visit www.EvergreenMemorialPark.com.
Published in Canyon Courier from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, 2013