Kenneth Kirby Jr., 79, outdoor enthusiast known for his ‘unique sense of humor’

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Kenneth A. Kirby Jr.
Kenneth A. Kirby Jr.

Kenneth A. Kirby Jr., 79, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice after an extended battle with lung cancer and other multiple health problems.

Kenneth was born Dec. 5, 1936 in Wilmington, son of the late Kenneth A. Kirby, Sr. and Lillian Murray Kirby. He was predeceased by his brother, Elton F. Kirby.

He was a longtime member of United Advent Christian Church and participated for many years with the United Men’s Fellowship. He retired from Apex Oil in 2001 and was previously route manager with National Linen Service.

He served in the US Army on a Nike Missile Site in Massachusetts. He was Scout Master of Troop 217 and led them on multiple camping trips in the North Carolina mountains, on the Suwannee River in Florida and other sites in the NC.

He enjoyed years of camping with friends in tents, trailers and traveling in his beloved motor home. At his favorite camp ground in Holden Beach, he would set up and shoot the Fourth of July fireworks show. Ken was known for his unique sense of humor and was always there to help friends and family with repairs and projects.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Suzanne LaRay Kirby; daughter Diane K. Roper (Geoff); son, David F. Kirby; two grandsons, Ryan Oswald and Alex Best; one great-grandson, Jackson Oswald; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at United Advent Christian Church, 4912 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409.

We would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their loving care and support to Ken and our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to United Advent Christian Church, United Advent Christian Men’s Fellowship or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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