Richard Harvey “Dick” Kirk, 75 and a 33-year resident of Rockwall, passed away Sept. 27, 2014, from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”).
He was born March 25, 1939, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, to Russell Harvey Kirk and Louelda Maye (Frank) Kirk. Dick was a petroleum geologist with Mobil Oil Corporation. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Mary, of Rockwall; son Andrew and wife Suenda and their children Abigail and Elise of Georgetown; son Robert and wife Victoria and their children William and Thomas of Plano; a brother, Edward and wife Barbara of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; uncle and aunt Bill and Margaret Frank of London, Ontario, Canada; nephews, nieces and cousins in Canada; Mary’s family in England Bob and Jenny, Simon and Kim, Jody; and nephews, nieces and cousins in England.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russ and Lou Kirk, and nephew Andrew Thomas Kirk.
Dick grew up in Canada and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being a Queen’s Scout. He attended Michigan Technological University, then began a long career with Mobil Oil Corporation as a petroleum geologist. His work (in Mobil’s Exploration Department) took him to many different countries. Dick enjoyed the opportunity to meet people from around the world, and his friendly nature endeared him to many.
Dick was blessed to meet Mary in Libya. They raised Andrew and Robert while moving from Libya to Indonesia, then to Norway, and finally to Texas, where he and his family became U.S. citizens. As a devoted father, Dick was a baseball coach for his sons’ teams in Norway, and was very involved with their Boys Scout troops in Norway and Rockwall (Troop 314). He was proud to present the Eagle Scout pin to both sons.
On his retirement from Mobil, Dick followed his interest in financial planning with New York Life, and his love of math as a substitute teacher in Rockwall ISD. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.
Vacations were usually spent building and then enjoying the family summer cottage in Nova Scotia. “Kirk’s Croft” was his pride and joy, a place to relax and recharge by the beach, and for family reunions that kept the generations close together. Driving from Texas to Nova Scotia allowed Dick to gather family history, tracing his forefathers back to Scotland. After being diagnosed with ALS, the disease sadly prevented him from completing the chronicling of his family’s story. His sons have promised to continue his research, in honor of the clan motto: “Si je puis” (If I can).
Dick’s courageous determination to slow the progression of ALS for as long as he could has been an inspiration to many. His family thanks the doctors, medical support staff, ALS Association and many special friends for all their loving care and encouragement over the last five years.
A private burial service was held Oct. 1. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 602 White Hills Dr., Rockwall, with Rev. Cheryl Taylor officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Kirk, Robert Kirk, William Frank, Edward Kirk, Robert Morris and Simon Morris.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the ALS Association (http://webtx.alsa.org/goto/KirkClan), First Presbyterian Church of Rockwall, or to a charitable organization of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  October 10, 2014