June 18, 1921 - June 23, 2005
Junior Annan "Kirk" Kirkdorffer, 84, of Elkhart, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday (June 23, 2005) in Elkhart General Hospital. He was born June 18, 1921, near Milford, to Vern and Jennie (Mishler) Kirkdorffer. He married Marjorie E. "Marge" Rogers on November 11, 1943, in Nappanee. She survives along with one son, Gary L. (Rosemary) Kirkdorffer of Middlebury; one daughter, Carol A. Wagner of Elkhart; two granddaughters, Stephanie Jo (Scott) McElravy and Dawn M. (Brian) Sibley, both of Elkhart; six great grandchildren, Joseph McElravy, Daniel Marks, Ryan Sibley, David Marks, Elise McElravy and Mercedez Sibley; and three sisters, Carla Alice Harley of Aransas Pass, Texas, Ruth (Olin) Ressler of Queens Creek, Arizona, and Betty (Leonard) Smith of Conroe, Texas. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Theron, Marlond, Everett, John and Raymond Kirkdorffer; and one sister, Mary Kilmer.
Private family visitation was held at Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart. At Mr. Kirkdorffer's request, cremation took place at Wyatt Crematory, Wyatt, with burial at a later date at Union Center Cemetery, Nappanee.
When Mr. Kirkdorffer and his wife of 61 years were first married, he was owner of his own milk route in the Nappanee area. He retired from L & J Press in 1987 after 27 years of service where he was a very skilled machinist. He was the former owner/operator, along with his wife, of Kirk's Motel in Milford. He formerly worked for several companies, including CTS Corp., Weatherhead (now Dana Corp.) and Yellow Creek Meat Packing (now Plumrose). After he retired he did lawn care and snow removal for his neighbors. He was a member of The Church Of The Brethren and was attending Creekside Church of the Brethren. Kirk was an inventor, volunteer and a problem solver. He was a licensed pilot and owned his own airplane. He loved to give rides on his lawn tractor to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to either Creek Church Of The Brethren or the United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.
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