Richard Alexander Kirk, 82, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
Dick was born Jan. 28, 1931, in Helena, Mont., where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking in the Big Sky Country near Helena.
Dick attended Hiram University after graduating from high school. Dick served in the Korean War as a front line triage and surgical technician in a MASH unit. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Dick finished his college education at Montana State University. He pursued his interest in the medical profession and graduated from University of Washington Medical School. Dick completed his surgical residency at Oregon Medical School. After completing his medical education, Dick joined Tom Wiegert's practice in Sunnyside in 1961. He spent 30 years dedicated to the people of Sunnyside running an active family practice. Dick also was one of the founders of Lower Valley Hospice, the second hospice organization in the state of Washington, and was receiving hospice care at his death.
In addition, to his great love of the outdoors, Dick also loved painting, knitting, music and competitive poker and gin rummy.
He was a member of the Yakima County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.
Dick married Sharon Hunter in 1954 in Helena. They had three children, Cathy, Kim and Tom. In 1966 Dick married Mary Beth Boley Garred and they merged their two families and various pets and animals at the Krazy K Ranch.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander M. Kirk and Josephine McClung Kirk; his sister, Joan Wells; and a son, Douglas F. Garred.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Beth; children, Cathy Rey of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kim (Dale) Bailey of Mt. Aukum, Calif., Greg (Joan) Kirk of Yakima, Sharon (Tom) Dolan, Jim (Paula) Kirk and Heather (Mark) Marro, all of Sunnyside, Tom Kirk of Bothell, Gary (Norma Fuentes) Kirk of Seattle. Dick was also the proud patriarch to 12 perfect grandchildren; Dick's sister, Joan and her three children, David, Gary and Jodi, and their families.
In lieu of flowers, we encourage those who wish to honor Dick's memory to make a donation to Lower Valley Hospice. Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with a reception to follow.
Those wishing to sign Dick's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside
is in charge of arrangements.