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Posted By: Sylvia Lacey (email)
Date: 7/1/2003 at 13:32:09

(Newspaper Article.. Death of George Kirk, The Boone News-Republican, Boone, IA)


Masonic Rites For Late Railroad Man Who Has Resided Here For The Past Two Years

George B Kirk's funeral services were held January 27 at the Masonic temple here in charge of Dr.
Edwin A. Briggs, pastor of First Methodist church. He read Scripture sentences and offered prayer.
The Scripture lesson was Psalm 91:1-9 and the text was Psalm 91:1. "He that dwelleth in the secret
place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

Dr. Briggs' sermon thought thought was "Much of life is spent seeking to secure dwelling places. We build home to protect us from the elements, but we likewise need a dwelling place for the spirit. The life which finds its abiding place under the shadow of the Almighty finds that it has a a dwelling place for the human spirit in that life and it does not end with death. The people who have incorporated eternal qualities in their lives are those who have been eternal in the memories of men as well as eternal in the life to come."

A mixed quartet made up of Mesdames Kenneth Melvain and Arthur Nelson and Messers. Emil nelson and Max Corrick, accompanied by Mrs. Glenn Peterson sang "Lead Kindly Light", "Sometime We'll Understand" and "The Old Rugged Cross". The Masonic ritual was put on by Clinton Kastner.
In charge of the floral tributes were Mrs. L.T. Breedlove and Mrs. Emory Ewalt. Pallbearers were John Diehl, John Collister, D.L. Settle, William Rierson, Peter Dunn and A.L. Gross. Interment was in Linwood Park Cemetery, east.

Life Sketch
George Bee Kirk was born March 29, 1863 in Guernsey county, Ohio, and passed away January 25, 1939 at 3:00a.m. at 1504 Boone street. His death followed a lingering illness of several months. He had lived to the age of 75 years, 9 months and 27 days.
He came with his family from Ohio to Pottawattamie County,Kansas in 1868, where he lived until about 1884 at which time he went into railroad work. The principal part of his life was spent in the employ of the St. Louis & San Francisco railroad. He was for many years a passenger conductor, out of Kansas City. He was retired from the railroad service at 70 years of age and came to Boone two years ago, and had resided here until his death.
He was married to Lillie May Briggs, October 24, 1887 at the present home, 1504 Boone street, Boone, Iowa.

Church Member
He became a member of the Methodist church when very young, being baptized and receiving into membership when 15 years of age. For a major portion of his life he was a member of the Roanoke methodist of Kansas City, Mo. He transferred his membership to the First Methodist church of Boone, on this 50th wedding anniversary, October 24, 1937. He had been a faithful member of the Chruch all of his life. Two of his brothers were Methodist ministers. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He was a man of integrity, lived a clean life and was respected highly by those who knew him. He was exceptionally fond of children and had many of them among his friends.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are: His wife, and three sisters, Mrs. A.L.> Stump of Houston, Texas; Mrs. F.A. Ehrman of Kansas City, Mo; and Miss Isadora Kirk of Topeka, Kansas and many other relatives and friends. Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved.
Burial: Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, IA.


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