Morris Eugene Kirst, 81, of Lodi, died on May 22nd. He was born on February 3, 1933, in Lodi, California. He attended Lodi schools and graduated from Lodi High School before entering the Army and serving in the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he returned home to Lodi and became a real estate salesman and worked for Tokay Realty for several years before obtaining his general contractor's license and built many homes in the Lodi area. He later worked at T.A. Bowen & Sons Real Estate. His love for collecting antiques culminated later in life with his opening an antique store in Lockeford, which he operated with his wife Dorothy "Dot" Kirst. He traveled across the United States in search of many collectables and particularly enjoyed traveling across the southern states. Morris also enjoyed black bass fishing, entering many tournaments, and winning many times! He also enjoyed mushroom hunting with his friend Norman Lagorio of Stockton. Morris made it a habit to have lunch, almost every Friday for 50 years, at Guisti's in Walnut Grove, along with his many friends including, Bill Frey and Jerry Brandt, being served by James Koteles, who Morris thought was the World's Best Bartender.
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Morris was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Kirst; mother, Marie Kirst; brother Stanley Kirst; son, Gene Kirst. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dot; son, Brian Snell; his favorite canine pal "Butchie" and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by everyone.
Friends and family are invited to visit on Wednesday, May 28 from 11 am - 5pm at Lodi Funeral Home. A chapel service will be held on Thursday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. Committal will follow at Lodi Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the
Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 28 to June 4, 2014
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