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Obituary of DAVID KIRK

KIRK - On Monday, May 19, 1902, at his home in Coldwater-tp., Comanche-co., Kansas, David Kirk, aged 83 years.

David Kirk was born in Clarion-co., Pennsylvania, in the year 1819. He was of a sturdy stock of ancestry, his father being one of the substantial pioneers of the Keystone state. In 1844 while yet living in Pennsylvania Mr. Kirk was married to Miss Margaret H. Rankin. The family moved from Pennsylvania to Wayne-co., Iowa, in 1857 and continued to live there until about three and one half years ago, when they moved to Comanche-co.

Mr. Kirk, although advanced in years, apparently had been in good health, with only an occasional slight complaint, during the past few years. On Monday he ate a hearty dinner and late in the afternoon took a walk about the yard. About 6 p.m. he had just gone into the house after having taken a short walk. He had scarcely seated himself in a rocking chair when his head was observed to drop to his breast, and in a moment he was dead. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W. L. Roberts, of the Presbyterian church, after which burial took place in the Coldwater cemetery.

Mr. Kirk was fully prepared for death. For 65 years he had been a member of the Presbyterian church and had lived a consistent Christian life. His life was a beautiful exemplification of the Christian's fortitude and steadfast hope. No one ever knew Grandfather Kirk who did not honor and respect him. A wife, who is now in rather feeble health at the age of 78, four daughters, Mrs. W. E. McCune and Miss Carrie Kirk, of this county, one living in the state of Pennsylvania and another in Washington, and two sons, R. M. and J. C. Kirk, both residents of this county, are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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