Robert W. Kirk

Robert W. “Bob” Kirk, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Birchaven Village, Findlay.

He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Fostoria, to Roland and Beckham (Bond) and was a long-time resident of Findlay.

A veteran with the United States Navy, Bob was assigned to the USS Mitchell (DE-43) during World War II. Bob’s military service took him through the Pacific Theater, where he would earn the rank of quartermaster third class. His military honors included the American Area Service Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon (8 Stars), Philippine Liberation Ribbon (2 Stars), Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Bob studied engineering at University of Toledo and, following his military service, went on to make his mark in the business world. Beginning with Kirk Bros. in 1969, which he founded with his sons, Bob was always leading the charge to do things bigger and better. His ambition would ultimately lead to the formation of OHM Corp., which would become one of the largest environmental and emergency response firms in the country. Other family businesses would follow and, even after his retirement, Bob was always on hand to offer words of encouragement and support.

Throughout his life, Bob always believed in making the world a better place. He served on the boards of numerous charities within the community and gave generously of his time, treasure and talents. Bob’s charitable causes were as wide-ranging as his professional accomplishments and focused on everything from at-risk youth to prisoner rehabilitation. Although he never looked for praise, Tiffin University named Bob the Business Leader of the Year in 1986.

Bob is survived by Theresa (Wonderly) Kirk, his loving wife for more than 67 years; five children, James (Rebecca) Kirk, Joseph (Diana) Kirk, Rebecca Sue (Dirk) Ewing, Richard (Sabrina) Kirk and Catherine (Dennis) Smith; 23 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren, all of whom are left with wonderful memories of his gentle and caring way.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a son, William Kirk.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. (with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m.) Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-2323.

A Mass of Christian burial, to be officiated by Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish (Bright Road), Findlay. Burial, with full military honors from the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad, will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Bob’s name be made to St. Michael the Archangel Parish Fund.

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