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Jim Kirk

May 9, 1931 — March 6, 2024


Jim Kirk


     James Judd Kirk was born on May 9, 1931, in Dunlap, Iowa to Carl and Hazel (Judd) Kirk. He grew up in Dunlap and graduated from Dunlap High School in 1948. Jim went on to attend Iowa State University. He was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Korean War. Jim was married to Shirley Baker on December 30, 1951, at the Methodist Church in Dunlap. He started farming in 1955 and farmed until 1961, which is when he started his career with Case-IH. The couple lived in Dunlap until 1967 and then because of Jim’s job the family moved to various locations over the next 22 years. These moves took them to Grand Island, Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ames, Iowa, Carroll, Iowa and several other places. On March 1, 1989, Jim retired from Case-IH and he and Shirley moved back home to Dunlap in 1991. 

     Jim was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church. He also served as a member of the Masonic Lodge, Moose and Lions Club. The couple enjoyed spending time at their summer cottage on Lake Okoboji and winters in Arizona where they had a condo for a while until they purchased a house on the golf course. They grew many wonderful friendships there. Even with all the traveling, being closer to the children, grandchildren and friends in Dunlap is where Jim wanted to be.

     Jim died on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Azria Health Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine, Iowa at the age of 92 years, nine months and 26 days. 

     Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth Ann Casperson and Nancy Kirk. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Kirk of Dunlap; children, Bill Kirk and his wife Linda and Kathy and her husband Harold Melby all of Dunlap and Shelly and her husband Lee Whitmer of Boone, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. 

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Past Services


Thursday, March 14, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Fouts Funeral Home- Dunlap

500 Court St, Dunlap, IA 51529

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 15, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Dunlap United Methodist Church

701 Eaton St., Dunlap, IA 51529

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