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Obituary: Kirk E. Kirkendall

August 9, 1952 - October 18, 2015


Surrounded by the love of his family, Kirk E. Kirkendall passed away at Providence Valdez Medical Center on October 18, 2015.

“A man where his sense of humor left you no gray area on his opinion.” Kirk lived finding humor in the ironies of life. He never hesitated in telling the same joke twice and finding it just as funny as the first time.

While he found joy in life’s comedies, he found purpose in his work. Kirk began working at a young age, as he provided help on his family’s farm and service stations in northwest Iowa. In early adult years Kirk provided his assistance at Johnston Construction and then moved onto Farmland Industries, AGP “Bean Plant,” where he began his career as an electrician. In 1986 he took his trade to Alaska where he spent many years working at the Alaska Pulp Corporation before he moved onto the oil industry. He was instrumental during the construction and start-up of the Petro Star, Valdez Refinery where he was their electrician and later, director of maintenance. Kirk took great pride in his professional life and was fortunate to have found such a great group of co-workers.

Kirk’s sense of adventure led him and his family to Alaska in 1986. He enjoyed years of hunting, trap shooting, boating, fishing and even bowling. He took great joy in engineering and building successful fish wheels and spending time in Chitina. He was successful in his pursuit of finding a picturesque caribou in the Arctic Circle. The time he spent aboard his boat, the

Kiana," in Southeast was some most successful fishing and family bonding a person could have.

Married for forty years, Kirk and Sue dedicated their time together to building a close-knit family and spent their time side-by-side. From scenic country drives in the Midwest and to boat rides in the Alaskan Wilderness, to walking the beaches in Hawaii, they never lost their “spark.” Kirk was a father who sold (more than his share of) raffle tickets to fund his baton twirler’s travels and enjoyed volunteering his time with the boy scouts to assist both of his sons in becoming Eagle Scouts. He was a fun-loving grandfather who ensured his grandchildren shared the same fond memories he had, on the lakes in Minnesota.

Kirk leaves behind his wife Susan; his children Kristen and Sean Doherty, Clint Kirkendall and Kyle Kirkendall; and his grandchildren, Addison and Alden Doherty.

Celebrations of Kirk’s life will be held at Bayside Community Church in Valdez on October 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Hornick Methodist Church on November 7, 2015.


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