Obituary: Roger Kirby


Roger K. Kirby, 73, Eldridge, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 

A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 22, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove. Capacity was limited, but all were invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m. in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation as held from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 21, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries-Funeral Home. Social distancing and facemasks were observed.  Memorials may be made to St. Ann’s or Eldridge Fire Department. 

Roger was born on May 24, 1947, to Floyd and Marjorie (Mess) Kirby. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Judith Ann Blanche, on Aug. 20, 1966, at St. Ann’s.

He graduated from North Scott, University of Northern Iowa, and received his MBA from St. Ambrose.  Roger taught and coached at North Scott and other area schools. He retired after serving as Eldridge Director of Public Works. After retirement, he continued on as Alliance Resources Manager, Maquoketa, and Director of the Water Pollution Control Plant, Muscatine.  

He was a member of St. Ann’s and Eldridge Lions Club.  He was most recently named Lion of the Year and at the time of his death was able to give the gift of vision, one of the club’s global causes. He was past Fire Chief of Eldridge Fire Department, past President of NS Athletic Boosters and Eldridge Golf Leagues, and a Bix runner for 23 years. Roger took great pride in being involved in his community.  His greatest gift in life was his family.  He loved to travel around the world with his wife and was the biggest fan and supporter of his children and grandchildren’s activities.  He will always be the rock of his family and will be remembered for his patience and contagious smile. 

Those left to honor his memory include loving wife, Judy, daughters, Kristin Gibson, Denver, Colo., Bethany Midolo, Castle Rock, Colo., Jennifer (Scott) Bruce, Red Oak, and Sara Braack, Eldridge; grandchildren, Zachary Gibson, Hailey Midolo, Colin, Carter, and Cloie Bruce, and Kennady, Keaton, and Korbin Braack; brothers Blaine (Becky) Kirby, LeClaire, Allan Kirby, Eldridge; brothers-in-law, Richard (Marianne) Blanche, Eldridge, and Terry Wilcox, Long Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, and sister-in-law.


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