Calvin Walter Kirk
Calvin Walter "Miner" Kirk, 89, of Ashland, died peacefully on October 10, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born in Kenova, West Virginia, on May 18, 1930, to the late James Douglas and Magdalene Elkins Kirk.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife and soulmate of 62 years, June Leigh Halleck Kirk.
A lifelong resident of Boyd County, he was a member of the Thomas R. Brown High School class of 1949. A talented member of the school's baseball, basketball, and football teams, he continued to play basketball while a student at Ashland Junior College, Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston), and Eastern Kentucky University - where he also played football.
Miner was a true patriot, and proud of his service during the Korean War as an Army Medic, attaining the rank of Sargent. One of the highlights of his later years was his participation in an "Honor Flight" to Washington DC.
Miner retired from Aristech Chemical after 32 years of dedicated service as a shift supervisor. He and his wife were the owners and proprietors of Miner's Coins and Antiques, for over 50 years.
Miner was a beloved and respected coach to many youth in the area over several decades. He coached many Ashland Buddy League Basketball Teams, Ashland JFL, Charles Russell Elementary basketball, and was a Little League coach for the American League in Ashland. He was an assistant basketball coach at Coles and Verity Middle School, as well.
Miner had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ashland. He was an avid tennis player and a patron of the Ashland Tennis Center. He was honored as a Kentucky Colonel. He loved fishing and watching live and televised sports, particularly the Kentucky Wildcats. The Kirks' loved to dance and a highlight of their summers in the 50's and 60's were the dances at Dreamland. He also enjoyed playing tennis and spending time with friends at the Breezeland Swim Club from 1962 until its closure. In the past few years, he enjoyed reminiscing weekly with old friends in Catlettsburg at McDonalds and the Catlettsburg Depot.
In addition to his parents and his beloved "Miss June," he was preceded in death by brothers Doug, Sherwood, and Bill (Peter) Kirk; and sisters, Ruth Keyser, Betty Morris, and Ann Albery.
Those left to cherish his memory include four children, Marc Kirk of Ashland, David (Angie) Kirk of Sandy Hook, Leigh Kirk of Ashland, and Scott (Darlene) Kirk of Cincinnati; six grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Miner had a kind heart and a quick wit. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thanks to the kind people at the Ashland Community Hospice Center for their loving care and support during his final days.
Visiting hours will be Friday, October 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home, 2702 Panola Street, Catlettsburg , Ky. The funeral will be Saturday, October 19, at 12 p.m., at the Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home by Chaplain Jim Smedley. Entombment will be in the Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ashland Community Hospice Center, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky 41101.
Published on October 14, 2019
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