Jack A. Kirk

Born: Fri., Mar. 23, 1951
Died: Wed., Apr. 29, 2020

Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

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Jack A. Kirk, age 69, or rural Griggsville, IL passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  He was born on March 23, 1951 in Pittsfield, IL to Joseph 'Joe' and Esther Gleckler Kirk.  He married Linda Hammitt on March 29, 1970 at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene and she survives.

Jack graduated from Perry High School in 1969 and went to work for his brother, Don, at Kirk Structures.  He and his wife Linda then began their own construction company in 1982, Midwest Confinements, which later became Longhorn Cattle and Swine Confinements.  He was a self-motivated salesman and grain and cattle farmer.  Agriculture was something Jack was passionate about; he was a strong advocate for the farmer.  Above all things, Jack loved God and was always ready to give the reason for the hope that he had - whether he was meeting with a doctor, talking with a customer or supplier, or visiting with a friend - he lived out his hope in Jesus.  He was an active member of the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, singing in the choir his entire adult life and serving on the church board.  Jack also taught Sunday School for the high school group for over 40 years.  He was generous and knowledgeable, teaching many life lessons to those around him.  Sometimes those life lessons happened while he was teaching them to ski or canoe.  He was a caring and strong man, and was especially compassionate to those that he saw needed it the most.  Not only was Jack a good and faithful servant, he was a dedicated, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.  He dearly loved his family and enjoyed the times they spent together.  He often traveled far and wide to be with family and make memories with them.  If they weren't on the family farm, they might've been in Alaska or Wyoming together, fishing or riding horses, mushrooming or snow skiing, just about anything outdoors.  He especially enjoyed travelling with Linda.  Jack's sense of humor and demeanor could light up a room, and he had a joke and a saying for everything.  He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.  

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Kirk; three children, Jarrod (Michelle) Kirk of Griggsville, IL, Jill (Bill) Bergman of Pittsfield, IL, Rachel (Matthew) Grossmann of Port Alsworth, AK; thirteen grandchildren, Allison (Isaac) Rogers, Natalie (Dustin) Miller, Faith Kirk, Hope Kirk, Whitney Kirk, Daya Kirk, Cole Bergman, Stormie Bergman, Kirkland Bergman, Mystie Bergman, Malachi Grossmann, Caleb Grossmann, Noelle Grossmann; one great grandchild, baby Rogers on the way; brother Don (Annelle) Kirk of Pittsfield, IL; mother-in-law, Mardell Hammitt of New Salem, IL; and sisters-in-law, Cathy Mefford and Marilyn (John) Lightle, all of Griggsville, IL.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Esther Kirk; father-in-law Edwin Hammitt; and nephew Kipp Mefford.  

Due to the Governor's extension of the stay-at-home order, a public Celebration of Life will not be held at this time.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene for the Relentless Youth Group.  Online condolences may be left to the family at http://www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements

Charitable donations may be made in Jack's memory to the following organization:

Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene

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Dale Plumer
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Kirk family for the loss of Jack

Theresa Halpin Lacey
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Jack at JDL. Great guy. Sorry for your loss.

Ferol Hillebrenner
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
my sympathy goes out to the family. always ready to help a neighbor wen he was needed

Marion & Linda (Myers)Jones
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Please accept our sincere sympathies for your loss.
I've known Jack my entire life and have many happy memories of our growing up in the church. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Linda Jones

Gerald and Sally Bennett
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Dear Linda and all the Kirk Family,
We are so saddened by Jack's passing. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him, and his passing will leave a huge void in our church. Our prayers are with you all.

Jack Phillips
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I considered "Jack Rrrrabbit" a close friend.

Wayne Clarkson
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Dear Linda and family I’m sorry for the loss of Jack. He was a great man and person that I truly loved and admired since the first time I met him while working for Kirk Structures and then out on your farm as his welding shop foreman. Working for Jack and your family was the most enjoyable work I ever had in my life. Jack will be missed by not only the people of this community but also by every person who had the honor and privilege of meeting him. Once again I’m sorry for your loss.

Annessa (Adams) Chaplin
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Jack. He was such a wonderful guy. And I will always cherish the memories of choir and him and my grandpa Harley giving get each a hard time in church. I pray during this time you all have comfort in knowning he is home with the Lord no longer in pain and your memories leave your heart filled warmed.

Judy Clowers
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord be by your side during this time and the days to follow. Jack was such a nice and thoughtful man.

scott labby
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
jack it was a honor to work for you for 14 yrs you were good to me you and linda were the best emplyers I evre had rest in my friend

Holly Jean Robinson by
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
So sorry...my condolences

Agnes Peile
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He will be missed by a lot of people. My sympathy to the Kirk family.

Ms. Paula Shouey
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Linda andFamily I am so sorry for your loss!! I have such Wonderful memories of Jack. He also brought joy to my kids with rides on tractors when their gramps could not. Love Paula

Pam Wood
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Linda and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Jack.
Our prayers and sympathy are with you all
at this sad time in your lives. May you find comfort
in knowing that Jack is at peace with his Savior.
Pam and Robert Wood

Bill and Darlene Harter
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
So sorry, we always liked Jack and thought he was such a fine And caring man,

Pastor James Blue
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Heaven gained another great believer and wonderful friend over the years. May the glorious comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ surround all the family with grace and mercy.

Jason Barnes
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I have a lot of respect for the Kirk family. They have been a great encouragement to me for many years. They have a huge part of me being a Christian today. Jack's memory will never fade. I would imagine that Jack has heard, Well done thou good and faithful servant.

Mitchell Sanderson
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Jacks passing from this life , but he indeed had a future hope in Christ that he was always so happy to talk about. A great man, huge MP personality and one of Mt he major influence son in my life for good! He will be greatly missed, never forgotten.

Dennis and Debbie (Booth) Galbreath
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Remember Jack is in God's welcoming arms. Memories of Jack back (just) a few years we all would get together and play Uno!! Had so many evenings of fun & fellowship. Now Jack and Tom Booth are in Heaven together. What a reunion!! The whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

Linda (Wendling) Sade
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Jack and I grew up together East of Perry. I was a few years older but always loved being around him. He was always funny and loving. My parents, Charlie and Grace Wendling thought the world of Jack. They are having a fun reunion in Heaven.

Sandy & Chuck Walker
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Prayers for the family.
May all the memories that have been made with Jack and your family throughout the years help to ease your pain & loss.

Brian and Janice Johnson
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
We are saddened by our loss of Jack Kirk. He was a friend, a cousin, family man and loved our lord. It is a loss to all who loved him but I know he is with Jesus and family members who passed before him. He will be there ti greet us when it is our turn to leave our families. We will love him forever and I hope he will make a place for us when it is our turn. He was a truly one of the good guys. Love is forever and never forgotton.

Nanette M Bess
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My prayers for you, Linda and the whole family. I know he will be greatly missed. May God bring you all great comfort.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
I feel the need to express my sorrow in learning the loss of Mr. Jack. Though not closely acquainted I have heard the names Jack and Linda Kirk all my adult life.
Always in connection to an admirable couple and their family.
God surely is in need of a true and worthy servant.
My Sincere Sympathy.

Sarah Curry Hancock
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
My family has been friends with the Kirks going back 2 generations before mine, but more than all that, I remember Jack as my youth leader at church. Of course, he taught us scripture and life lessons, but the most memorable teaching wasn’t anything he said. It was what he did. I remember being on youth group trips on more than one occasion where he paid for the lunch of the irresponsible kid who had blown all his cash on the arcade. He couldn’t bear the thought of someone going hungry. He had a passion for helping teenagers even to the point of inviting them to live in his home for a while, even when his own family might have been financially strapped. He was a compassionate man who practiced what he preached and put other’s needs ahead of his own.

He was also very funny and had a magnetic personality. He could draw a crowd with his stories and jokes. I have no doubt that he was welcomed in heaven by Grandpa Joe saying “Well say you know….what took you so long?” I can picture him now in heaven surrounded by friends and family asking to hear the “Diesel Fitter” joke again. Heaven has gained a stand-up comedian and a godly man. He will be greatly missed by so many here on earth.

Linda, Jarrod, Jill, Rachel and all: We love you and will be praying for you all.

Cammack Family.
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
We would like to send our deepest sympathy and condolences. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you in at this time.

Sandy Galloway
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Jack. He was such a good guy. My sympathy and prayers go out to all of your family. God Bless and be with you through this hard time.

Julie Myers
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
David and I extend our deepest condolences to your family. Jack was such a delight to be around and work with. He was an example to his family and community and will be greatly missed. May he rest in heavenly peace.❤️🙏🏻❤️

Barb Verhofstadt
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Linda, I am so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. I worked with Jack as well as you, for many years during my time at Nooyen Mfg. in Mt. Sterling, KY. I no longer work there. It was always, always, a pleasure to work with Jack on the many projects he worked on. Jack was truly one of my favorite people. Straight shooter and you could take every word he said to the bank. Great guy! I will lift you up in prayer for comfort and peace, in the coming days. God Bless you Linda.

Rachel Curry Long
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Jack had the biggest and most authentic smiles. While he had his share of worries and hardships, you always knew his complete faith and trust was in God. His face reminds me of the hope we should all reflect, that we all have in Jesus. I love his adventurous, bold spirit. What a gift and blessing he was. I imagine he is loving the beauty of heaven and exploring its mountains from a saddle of a fabulous horse.

David and Mary Klaus
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
He was such a great guy!

Randy & Jennifer Tapscott and girls
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Dear Linda and Family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences. Jack was a wonderful man who always had a smile and a joke to share. He will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending hugs from Indiana.

Much love to you all!
Randy, Jennifer, Morgan and Brianna Tapscott

Tom & Jan Murray (Amy Mefford’s parents)
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
So very sorry for you, Linda, and the entire Kirk/Hammitt family on Jack’s passing. We only had the pleasure of being in Jack’s company a limited number of times, but his storytelling and positive outlook on life were truly enjoyable memories. Reading his obituary reflected what a caring & instrumental man he was in the lives of so very many.....solid evidence of a life well-lived, but much too short. I know Kody, Amy, Emery & Jere are hurting now too along with all who knew & loved him. Our sincere condolences to your wonderful family.

Kay Church
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Linda please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jack touched so many lives with a positive impact. In the future if you need a friend I am here. Kay Church

Carol Gregson
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Linda, Jarrod, Jill, Rachel and Families,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of Jack, he was one of the finest men I have ever met and he will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.
You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss.

Karmy Schone
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
To the Kirk family please accept my condolences on Jack's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Jack he was such a positive person and his Christian faith would come thru loud and clear. You could tell that it was very important to him. He will be missed by so many people who called him a friend.

Garett Garner
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
I offer my deepest condolences for the passing of Jack Kirk. Jack was a great businessman and treated my family well in the construction of our swine facility. I will always remember his contagious humor and warm conversation. Jack will be missed.

Richard J Tyne and Family
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
sorry for your loss
you are in our prayers and thoughts
I always looked forward to visiting with Jack

Janice M Johnson
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Linda and family, Losing Jack was very hard on all of us but we know he is in good hands. Our prayers are always with you and your family and we know Jack will be greatly missed. In our prayers always Brian Johnson and family

Diana McCartney
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Denny and I express our sadness in the loss of a wonderful man. You live the example of a wonderful faith based family who show their love of Jesus to all the people around them. We hope knowing Jack is no longer in pain is a comfort. He will be deeply missed by all.

Arnold and Glenelle Lindsay
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
I never saw Jack without a smile on his face! He was always quick with funny story! A great man that will be missed by all! Our deepest sympathies to the Kirk family!

Janna L Craig
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Linda and family- So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.

Hills Family
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
What a blessing to all who loved him
Only the faith he knew and shared can carry us through the days to come
That is our hope for your family and friends

Melanie Burdick
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
This was a huge loss. Jack a love for Jesus that was undeniable. He touched so many lives. As teacher of the Senior High class, he showed the love of Christ through the eyes of a teacher and friend. I loved Jack. The bible says our reward is in heaven. He deserves that reward. Linda, Jarrod, Jill and Rachel, I love you and will be praying for you.

Gary Windmann
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I thought an awful lot of Jack.

Anita Stephens
   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
Dear Linda & family,
I just heard the very sad news of Jack’s passing. My family remembers Jack fondly and we send our love.
Anita & Jim Stephens and family

Chris, Michelle, Cortney, & Collin Borer
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kirk family. Jack was a great man that we are honored to have know for many years. We shared many great adventures with Jack, and the last one we will never forget!! Jack had a great sense of humor & love of life & the Lord. He will be greatly missed & very fondly remembered. RIP Jack.

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