|8/2/2017 10:26:00 AM|
Leslie Kirkman, 95, of Windom died July 23, 2017, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday at Jeffers Baptist Church in rural Jeffers with Pastor Marvin Pederson officiating.
Special music was provided by Marlene Smith, organist; and Jill Pederson and Gail Smith, vocalists.
Casket bearers were Greg Huitt, Camron Benson, Nicholas Zuehlke, Matthew Simon, Jordan Simon and Kory Simon.
Honorary casket bearers were Megan Benson, Rebecca Zuehlke and Leslie's great-grandchildren.
Interment with full military honors provided by Odegaard-Quade American Legion Post 401 of Jeffers was at Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Leslie Marvin Kirkman was born Jan. 20, 1922, to George A. and Lillie (Heitkamp) Kirkman in Ledyard, Iowa. He attended country school in Mt. Lake through eighth grade.
In 1942, Leslie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until he was honorably discharged in 1945. A Gunner's Mate aboard the USS Texas, Leslie served in Africa, Europe and Asia during World War II.
After being discharged, Leslie went to ag school for two years and farmed with his parents.
In 1948, Leslie married Evelyn Mae Olson at the home of Rev. A.L. Seamons. He farmed and worked at Werner Milling for several years before beginning work as a highway foreman in 1962 at the Cottonwood County Highway Department. He retired in 1986.
In 1952, Leslie and Evelyn were saved, baptized and became members at Jeffers Baptist Church in rural Jeffers.
They took pride in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, visiting them often when they became adults and not missing many of their church, school and sporting events as youth. Leslie and Evelyn also were foster parents for many years.
They enjoyed fishing and camping trips together as well as refurbishing antique furniture.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 2015; an infant son and daughter; a brother, Loren (Dorothy) Kirkman; and three sisters: Martha (Fred) Mohlenkamp, Erma (Ferman) Hurley and Alice (Archie) Schuknecht.
Survivors include his two daughters, Debra (Roger) Huitt of Bloomington and Cindi (Ken) Simon of Comfrey; foster children, Eldon Smith and Dan Smith, both of Oklahoma; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.