In Memory

Richard Kirby

Richard Kirby

Richard Kirby 1949 - 1985

Memorial services for Richard H. "Rick" Kirby, 36, 517 Fountain Street, Mankato, who died of leukemia Sunday, June 30, 1985, at Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Hills Chapel, the Rev. Joseph officiating. Other memorial services will be at the Sorenson-Root Funeral Home, Aitkin, at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The family will receive friends at the Vetter Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are preferred to the Rick Kirby Leukemia Fund, Box 1330, Mankato, 56002.

Mr. Kirby was born in Portland, Ore., Jan. 29, 1949 to Maurice and Helen (Stankey) Kirby. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1967, and married Pamela S. Cline in Mankato, May 16, 1970. He was employed by Kost Ambulance Service for several years, and was a city policeman for five years. He had worked for Cotter & Co. since the mid-1970s, until his illness in late 1984. He returned to work for Cotter for about six weeks earlier this year.

Mr. Kirby is survived by his wife, Pamela; two sons, Ryan Michael and Richard Charles Jr.; and a daughter, Amy Elizabeth, all at home; six brothers, Gerald, Steve, Bruce, Brad, Jeff and Greg Kirby, all of Mankato; and three sisters, Kathy Boelter of Cleveland, JoAnn Davis of Dubuque, Iowa; and Barbara Kirby of Mankato. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a son, Shane.


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11/11/16 08:04 PM #1    

Wes Davey

Rick was a friend going back to junior high. After high school we were both on the Mankato Police Department together, and for a few years his family and mine were neighbors on Glenwood Ave. Great guy and fun to be with. Peace to you Rick.

06/08/17 09:50 AM #2    

Wes Davey

A conversation yesterday with Phil and Elaine Meyer prompted memories of when Rick and I served together on the “PD” decades ago. We were on different crews and only occasionally did our schedules overlap, typically on holidays or when working overtime. Still, we bonded in many ways from shared experiences; here’s one such experience:

Rick had worked at Kost Ambulance & Towing prior to becoming a police officer and continued working there part-time when off-duty. He was doing that one evening when a car he was hooking up for towing slipped. A piece of chrome gouged him in the leg and he called for help. When I arrived (on-duty) he was bleeding heavily near the femoral artery. Instead of calling and waiting for an ambulance, I put Rick in my squad and raced him over to what was then St. Joe’s Hospital. He told me later that it was the fastest trip he’d ever taken to the hospital, and yet another bonding experience between two cops who were also friends from high school.

We’ll remember you at the 50th reunion, Rick.

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