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Kenneth George Kirkpatrick

Kenneth George Kirkpatrick

Feb. 7, 1933-Dec. 30, 2021


Kenneth George Kirkpatrick, 88, of Lafayette passed away at  2:43 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in IU Health Arnett Hospital. He had been in failing health the past year.

Kenny was born on the family farm in the rural Wingate/Newtown communities on Feb. 7, 1933, to the late George Marshall and Ada Bonnie Magdelena Counts Kirkpatrick. He married Barbara Jane Sattler in the Newtown Methodist Church on Nov. 30, 1962, and she survives.


Kenny was a graduate of Richland Township High School in Newtown with the class of 1951. Following graduation he worked on the family farm until he was inducted into the US Army, where he served from July 1953 through April 1955, serving in Japan and Korea, where he was assigned to SCARWAF as a Unit Supply Specialist. He was a 39-year employee of Tipmont REMC. He began working in the office, then as a “groundsman,” moving up to a “lineman” and retired as a dispatcher.

He and Barbara lived in Linden for 33 years and moved to Lafayette in January 2000. He bowled with the Tipmont REMC Bowling League, enjoyed playing cards, genealogy, history and family. He was a member of American Legion Post 11 and attended St. James Lutheran Church.   

Surviving, along with his wife, Barbara, are daughter Carolyn Kay Dance of Indianapolis; son James Michael Kirkpatrick of Anaheim, California; sister-in-law Jill M. Kirkpatrick of Veedersburg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Kenny in death were his parents; first wife, Janet Lee Hershberger Kirkpatrick, who passed shortly after giving birth to Karen Sue Kirkpatrick who did not survive; son David Lee Kirkpatrick; two sisters, Cleo M. Longden and Imogene Butler; and brother Robert E. Kirkpatrick.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, with funeral services immediately following at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Peter Heckert officiating. Burial will follow in Meharry Cemetery. Military graveside honors by American Legion Post 11.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Foundation.

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