Harold A. “Kirb” Kirby, 94 of Thomasboro, passed away at 4:30PM, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
A funeral to celebrate the life of Harold will be at 12:00PM, Monday, May 24, 2021 - Freese Funeral Home, Sidney. Visitation will be from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, Monday at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo.
Harold was born October 24, 1926 in Urbana, a son to Joseph P. and Lillian McGraw Kirby. He married Ruth W. Merrick, they had five sons: Harold Ray “H.R.” Kirby of Mansfield, Gary (Margie) Kirby of Philo, Kenneth (Sheree) Kirby of St. Joseph, Dale (Judy) Kirby of Philo, and Rick (Pat) Kirby of Philo. Ruth preceded him in death. He married Patricia “Pat” Adams on August 1, 1972 in Urbana, she survives. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, a brother Don (Marvis) Rhodes of Urbana and sister-in-law Jocelynne Kirby of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, two sisters, a brother, a granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters.
Harold retired from Flex-N-Gate as Transportation Manager after 16 years of service on June 30, 1990. He was a part-time special deputy for the Champaign County Sheriff’s office, a member of the “Table of Knowledge” coffee shop and the Thomasboro Improvement Association. He enjoyed motorcycle and NASCAR racing, riding motorcycles, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with family.
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