He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Kay; children, Sarah (Lonnie) Ricketts, Paula Odom, and Shawn Kirkpatrick; grandchildren, Brandon, Makayla and Austin Ricketts, Aspen and Ally Odom, and Elliott Kirkpatrick; mother, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick; siblings, Lynnette (Don) Ostrom, Diana Sweatman, Agnes (Mark) Bignell, Joann (Ed) Morden and William Kirkpatrick; uncle, David Peters; mother-in-law, Ann Horstmyer; sisters-in-law, Amy (Brian) Miller and Colleen Horstmyer; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford; his uncle, William Peters; and brother-in-law, Lee Horstmyer.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 N. Aurelius Rd. Interment will follow in Markham Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or CHUM Therapeutic Riding in Dansville, MI.