Gary Lee Kirkman
May 12, 1961 — December 3, 2013
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11.
Gary Lee Kirkman, 52, of Silt, CO, walked out of the presence of his family and into the arms of his loving Savior early Tuesday morning, December 3, 2013. Gary was born to Roberta Elisabeth (Field) and the late Norman Dale Kirkman on May 12, 1961, in Owosso, MI. His true birth, however, came when he accepted Christ into his life as a young boy. Since then, Gary sought wholeheartedly after his Lord, and every aspect of his life reflected the love of God.
Gary met the love of his life, Rebecca Anne (Davis), in 1979, and they were married on July 3, 1981, in Glenwood Springs, CO. Gary, longstanding supporter of FFA and 4-H, had a deep passion for farming, something he preserved from his dad and previous generations. He and Becky raised four children, Ben (Maggie), Christi (Brandon), Kassondra (Dave), and Brittani (Matt), in the nurture and admonition of the Lord on the farm in Corunna, MI. A 1980 graduate of Denver Automotive and Diesel College, Gary worked as an auto body painter until he and Becky moved to Silt, CO, in 2011, to work at Rotary Drilling Tubular Repair.
Gary’s legacy lives on in his wife, children, five grandchildren, several beloved nieces and nephews, as well as in his mother, Roberta (Field) Kirkman of Corunna, MI, and his sisters, Norma (Kirkman) and Byron Manthe of Waxahachie, TX, and Cathy Kirkman of Corunna, MI. His local family includes Marie (Hess) Davis and Debby (Davis) and Kenny Tacker.
The celebration of Gary’s God-honoring life will take place at Glenwood Springs Baptist Church. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 5, from 6-8 p.m., and his son, Pastor Ben Kirkman, is the officiant for the memorial service on Friday, December 6, at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Glenwood Springs Baptist Church Youth Ministry, where Gary and Becky were both youth sponsors. Checks can be made out to GSBC with “Youth Ministry” as the earmark and can be sent to GSBC, P.O. Box 2071, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
Gary was a blessed man who loved the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind. He was a living testament to the goodness and salvation of God, and he was a faithful servant of His Savior! His family rejoices that he is now with his Jesus for all eternity! Gary shared God’s love with everyone he encountered, and he would want all to know that there is peace that comes through placing trust in the Lord Jesus Christ: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16.
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