Ronald M. Vankirk

August 24, 1939 ~ July 19, 2021 (age 81)


EDWARDSBURG, MI- Ronald M. VanKirk, 81, of Edwardsburg, passed away on July 19, 2021 peacefully in his sleep at home.  Ronald is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra K. (Mark) VanKirk, son Patrick (LuAnne) VanKirk, of Cassopolis, Michigan, daughter, Belinda (Zack Carmichael) VanKirk of Kuna, Idaho; and his 4 grandchildren Alex, Avery, Grace and Jayne.


Ronald was born August 24,1939 in Knawl, West Virginia to Oscar Edmund and Golda Edith (Casto) VanKirk. He has a sister Nancy and was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elva and his brother Robert.

Ronald retired as a cable splicer for GTE. He enjoyed fishing, telling stories, tinkering in his garage, and spending time with family. 


Ronald was a true family man, and the loving memory of Ronald will forever be cherished by his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. His thoughtfulness of others, ability to fix things and natural ability of being a role model just by being himself lives on in those who came to know and love him. He will truly be missed as a great guy, good husband, wonderful father and grandfather.


The Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00-8:00 PM on August 7, 2021 at Patrick and LuAnne VanKirk’s family home.  Family and friends are welcome.

For those wishing to honor the memory of Ronald VanKirk, memorial donations may be given to The Smile Train, 633 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, New York. The family of Ronald VanKirk wishes to thank the Heartland Hospice.

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