Randolph Kirk, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, Marine Corps aviator, engineer and outdoorsman passed away on June 21, 2013. Randy spent his formative years in Pittsburgh, PA. He proudly served his country in the Marine Corps during WWII as a F4U Corsair fighter pilot. For which he was awarded an Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and three Battle Stars from notable South Pacific campaigns.
At war's end, he returned to his hometown and earned his Civil Engineering degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology and married his wife of 65 years, Margaret.
With appointment to the Naval Civil Engineering Corps, the Kirk's raised four children while crisscrossing the lower 48 states and the Territory of Hawaii, affording Randy the opportunity to pursue his passion for scuba diving, snorkeling and golf.
His final assignment in the CEC brought the Kirk's to Whidbey Island in the Great Northwest. Falling in love with the area's natural beauty, Randy joined Boeing as a Civil Engineer and moved the family to Bellevue. Trading in his clubs (and single digit handicap) for an ice axe, Randy then spent most of his free time backpacking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. He led numerous climbs for the Mountaineers and ascended the major peaks of Washington State. For those friends and family (usually) following on the trail or route, Randy provided clear instruction and colorful verbal "encouragement".
Retiring from Boeing in the 1980's, Randy and Margie relocated to beautiful Port Ludlow, where they shared many stunning Olympic Mountain sunsets and hosted countless family gatherings.
The confluence of the year's longest day, fullest moon and most glorious sunset, provided an apt setting for his final ascent. In passing at home, he was surrounded by his beloved wife Margie, daughters Susan and Margaret, and son Bill. Daughter Randi preceded him in death. He is also survived by granddaughters Lauren, Julia and Hannah.
He will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery. Remembrances can be made to "Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare" (Jefferson County) or
Published in The Seattle Times on June 30, 2013