Leonard A. Kirk, 74, of Galion, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 unexpectedly after a sudden illness at home with his loving wife, Joyce at his side.
Born Sept. 12, 1938 in Louisa, Ky., he was the son of the late Leonard M. and Geneva (Davis) Kirk who resides in Galion.
Leonard married his high school sweetheart Joyce A. (McComas) Sept. 1, 1956, three months after their graduation from Buffalo High School in Kenova, W. Va. where during his senior year he threw six no hitters as a 16 year old pitcher on the baseball team. Known in the sports pages as "Fireball Kirk" he was drafted by the New York Giants.
He started work with the New York Central Railroad and due to the unpredictable hours he realized something with regular hours would be better for his family. He accepted a job with the Galion Iron Works and worked 42 years, as a welder and later as an assembler, retiring in 1998. After retirement, Leonard worked part-time at the Galion Public Library, maintaining the facility and grounds. Always willing to help others, he volunteered transporting blood for the American Red Cross and driving church members to doctors' appointments.
Leonard managed Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He was active in the Masonic order as a member and past Master of Galion Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons. He also belonged to Naomi Chapter 47 Order of Eastern Star where he served as Patron; Galion Chapter 142 Royal Arch Masons. He was a 32nd degree member of Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus; a member Galion Elks Lodge 1191 and Christ United Methodist Church. Even though Leonard led a busy and active life, his number one priority was always his family, his faith and his friends. He lived life to the fullest.
In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Shelly Kirk of Galion and Jeff and Laurie Kirk of Powell; nine grandchildren, Julie (Tom) Garverick and Sean, Patrick, Tony, Billy, Grace, Erin, Jennie and Logan Kirk.
A Celebration of Leonard's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church with his close friend, Rev. Don Trigg officiating. His family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the celebration.
Arrangements are in the care of Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut St. Galion, Ohio 44833 or to Galion Public Library, 123 N. Market Street, Galion, Ohio 44833.
An online obituary and guest registry are available at www.richardsondavis.com.
Snyder Funeral Home, Richardson-Davis Chapel
218 S. Market Street
Galion, OH 44833
Published in The Galion Inquirer on May 10, 2013