Van Kirk, Keith Jackson

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July 24, 1954 - October 22, 2018

Van Kirk, Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson Van Kirk, aged 64, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Monday, October 22 2018, at the family home in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Keith was born on July 24 1954. He graduated W.T. White High School in Dallas and was extremely active in Boy Scouts of  America, in Troop 844. He was a proud patriot and a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.  Afterwards he worked in construction until he retired.  Keith discovered a natural aptitude for driving at a very young age. He was a lover of music and an accomplished guitarist. While in the service he helped to form a band to entertain the troops. Later in life, despite health issues which were a daily challenge, he never lost his sense of humor.

Keith’s mother, Wanda Van Kirk, is deceased, but he is survived by his father Russel Van Kirk, stepmother Mari Lynn Van Kirk, sisters, Kimberly Van Kirk and Shannon Barnes, and brother-in-law Richard Barnes.

Family, friends, and others whose life Keith touched are invited on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 Noon for visitation and viewing in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.  Celebrate of Keith Life service will begin at 12:00 Noon.  A graveside service with military honors will be at 2:00 pm at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation –

“At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.”

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Kathy Kucera Miller

October 29, 2018 1:07PM

Farewell to my handsome, brilliant and fun nephew. I am sustained by the beautiful memories of precious time spent together, off and on over the decades, until we meet again.
I am sorry to miss the service, Shannon, and would especially want to see you, but I have a standing appointment on Tuesday and Friday (when you called with the sad news) after which I just feel like lying down for a time.

James E Gribble III

October 27, 2018 7:56AM

Keith was my beloved step cousin, and i loved him dearly. The suffering he had from his ancient orange cancer never made him curse God, but made him closer to his Father, an example to us all that this life is only a stepping stone, a transition to everlasting life as there is no death. My friend left this world doing more than he agreed to when coming into embodiment by loving all, and fighting for peace in foreign lands where evil surrounded him. Journey far my brother, as we Will see you again soon, you beautiful soul of light. God is waiting to tell you, "A JOB WELL DONE".

Ellen M

October 26, 2018 7:58PM

Heartfelt condolences to you. I enjoyed talking with Keith when I was visiting. He was a great neighbor, brother, brother-in-law, son, and American.

Sarah Larson

October 26, 2018 3:11PM

I never met Keith but my mom Jenni said that she would play guitar with him and friends and it was a special time. I wish I could have met him. Love to Russel and family! Love Sarah lou

Jenni Hartwick Larson

October 26, 2018 2:37PM

I will forever cherish the memories of spending time with Keith. On one of my most recent visits, it meant so much to share time with Keith, Shannon, Richard, Mom, and Pop Russ. After a Sunday meal and "Texan" story time together, we sat round in the patio and Keith played his guitar. We all laughed and sang many favorite tunes. Keith also taught me some chording I hadn't known before. I also feel very honored to have been gifted by Keith, the guitar he was playing that special day. Although a short time together, it was indeed, a sister, brother, family bonding time I won't forget! My thoughts and prayers to you... Shannon, Richard, Mom and Russ, as you have stayed strong for him, and held him lovingly to the end of his courageous journey. Jenni


October 26, 2018 11:44AM

Russel, momma, Shannon and Richard, I am deeply sorry for your loss. God give you comfort and peace as you celebrate the life of Keith. I pray a special blessing on each of you as you remember him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Love you all <3

~Jana Lee, Dan, Karys and Fallon