Royce Lee Kirk, 81, of Springtown, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 5, 2018. He will be greatly missed along with his beautiful songs.
His wishes were for a private memorial with his wife Jeanie, his children, and family that will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling the arrangements.
Royce was born May 31, 1936 in a little community know as Smithfield, Texas (now known as Bedford). He was the youngest son of 10 children.
Royce served his country in the United States Army. He retired from Lock-Heed Martin, but also spent 10 years working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department thru Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.
Royce loved spending time at their lake house on Possum Kingdom fishing with his wife and enjoying the grandkids. His grandkids and great grandkids thought their Papa hung the moon. Royce was known for that beautiful singing voice. He could draw you in whether young or old. What a blessed gift. His mischievous smile and contagious laugh let you know there was a side to him we all loved as well! Such the practical joker! He dedicated his younger years to coaching his three children in different sports and was known by “Coach” to so many kids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.F. Kirk and Iva Gerth Kirk; his brothers, Elmer G. Kirk, and Franklin R Kirk; sisters, Marie Kirk Davis, and Juanice Kirk Apple.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanie Melear Kirk, son, Richard Kirk and wife Christi of Springtown Texas, Regina Burns and husband Kevin of Decatur, Texas, Rosanna Kirk and fiancé Zeke Powell of Meridian, Texas. granddaughter, Jennifer Jennings of Springtown, Texas, and grandsons, Chase Bridges of Decatur, Texas, Chance Bridges of Bremerton, Washington, Michael Todd of Springtown Texas, and Richard Kirk of Springtown, Texas. He was blessed with 13 beautiful great- grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Billie N. Kirk of Boyd Texas; sisters, Anna Lou Kirk Darter of Reno, Texas, Wanda Kirk Jennings of Reno, Texas, Zanna Kirk Hensarling of Boyd, Texas, Jeanette Kirk Koontz Jennings of Sunset, Texas, and many loved nieces, nephews , cousins and friends .