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Thad C. Bud Kirk

Posted By On January 21, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituary | 1 Comment


Thad C. Bud Kirk, 75, of Phoenix, passed away January 21, 2008. He was born in Findlay, Ohio on February 20, 1932 to Thaddeus and Stella Pownell Kirk. Bud served in the US Army and was with the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War from 1952 – 1953. On Thanksgiving Day 1953 he married Patricia Patterson of Zanesville, Ohio. They moved to Phoenix in 1964. He retired in 1992 from the Paradise Valley School District. He was a born again Christian. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, sister Stella Harris and daughter Elizabeth Ann. His wife Pat of 54 years survives him as well as his children Patti, Barbie Bob McGrath, Colin Maridee, 5 grandchildren: Shana and Ryan McGrath and Kevin, Shane and Bryce Kirk and 1 great grandchild, Aubrey Hossfeld as well as step-granddaughter Lisa McGrath and 2 step-great grandchildren Brenna and Brady Delaney. A visitation will be Tuesday, January 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Bud’s graveside service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 30th at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, PO Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ 85002. You were the Jack of All Trades and the Master of them all. You Were The Best!!

Condolences for the family of “Thad C. Bud Kirk”

Condolence from Gordon Bennett on March 2nd, 2011 9:30 pm

I served with Thad in Korea during 1952 and 1953. I was part of a 4-man team from an eigth army company; we were assigned to the Second Infantry Division, and worked closely with Thad and other soldiers fom Second Infantry’s Headquarters Company. Thad was the best, brightest, and bravest guy I knew during my time over there; apart from that, he was the nicest guy in our group. He was always cool and calm under fire, always cheerful and upbeat however difficult the job, and always ready for a game of volleyball when we got back to our base area. He would have remembered me as “Ben” — we seldom used first names. I rotated home a little before he did and we pretty much lost track of each other after that, but I never forgot him. Tonight I googled his name and added Zanesville, Ohio, and his obituary came up. My sincere sympathy to all his family – he was the greatest.

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