When reflecting on the life of Edgar “Bud” Kirk, it is easy to see that he lived life to the fullest each and every day. He was a man of faith whose life exemplified what it means to love the Lord in daily life. Bud was deeply devoted to his family, and he was so proud to witness his family tree blossom to include the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild he treasured. Bud was known for his strong work ethic, and in everything he did he did it to the best of his ability. Life will never be the same without Bud here, but he leaves behind a timeless legacy that his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.
The 1920s were an exciting time in America when innovation was changing the world around us at a dizzying pace. Cars were more affordable for the average American thanks to the implementation of the assembly line, and the world of flight was soaring to new heights. Radios, washing machines, and refrigerators were also becoming part of our homes. It was during this exciting time that William and Stella Ann (Nestor) Kirk were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Edgar Ray on September 23, 1924, in Tunnelton, West Virginia. He was one of ten as he was joined in his family by his siblings, Glen, Betty Jean, Mary, Ruth, Edna, Blanche, Kenneth, and Wanda.
In many ways, Bud was a young boy of his generation. Although their family was poor, he was happy. Bud’s father taught him how to hunt and fish, and he once said that if he didn’t catch it or pick it, he didn’t eat it. Sometimes they hunted squirrel, and he thought squirrel gravy was so good. After growing up with meager means, he became appreciative of the simple pleasures in life including just having food on the table. For the rest of his life Bud rarely wasted anything. As a teen Bud worked various jobs, giving the money to his family. He drove a truck, worked in factories and mills, and in 1943 Bud enlisted in the Navy Reserves. In the late-forties, he moved to Beaver County to work at St. Joe Lead.
It was after moving to St. Joe that Bud met the woman who would hold the key to his heart. Her name was Mary Ann Kidner, and it didn’t take them long to fall in love. With a desire to build a life together Bud and Mary Ann were married in 1953. Together they welcomed two sons, Richard and Larry, and a daughter, Deborah, into their hearts and home. Eventually, Bud took a job at Pittsburgh Teledyne in the early fifties, and this is where he spent the bulk of his career until retiring. He rarely missed a day of work, and at times he worked two or more jobs in order to provide a comfortable life for his family. For years Bud walked to and from work, up to two miles each way. In 1981, he was filled with great joy to become a grandfather to his first grandchild, Angela, and she was later followed by Arthur and Ethan. In 2014, Bud welcomed his first great-grandchild, Gracie, into his heart. He also enjoyed the antics of the various family pets over the years including Einstein, Eddie, and most recently, Luca. Bud’s extended family were also an important part of his life. For his birthday every year his daughter planned short trips so he could visit with his remaining siblings and other family. These were among some of his favorite times.
One of the things Bud loved most was traveling. As a nature lover, he would have loved a trip to Alaska, but he was never able to make that a reality. Bud did take trips to his birthplace in West Virginia several times. He also went to Nashville where he was able to see the Grand Ole Opry – a county music lover’s dream. Although Bud was typically someone who was easygoing, there was the time he and his daughter and granddaughter were traveling to West Virginia and he insisted that his sense of direction was more dependable than the malfunctioning GPS that they were using!
Around home Bud loved yard work and kept an immaculate yard. He even insisted on cutting the grass until he was 93 so Debbie and Ethan would leave a small patch of grass for him to cut. Bud loved being outdoors, loved the starry sky at night, and really enjoyed the last solar eclipse with Debbie.
Throughout his life Bud was a man of many interests. It was easy to see that he was a devoted Christian, and he wholeheartedly loved the Lord. Bud loved baseball, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was able to attend a home game thanks to Ray Intrieri, and most recently he enjoyed a DVD of the 1960 World Series, Game 7. Bud’s favorite things to watch included Moonshiners, Gold Rush, Seinfeld, Christmas Vacation and the news. He was a country music fan who especially enjoyed Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Jr., and Allison Kraus. Bud also liked reading the newspaper and National Geographic. For years Bud liked playing catch in the pool, sitting by his pond to watch the koi and listen to the frogs, and drinking coffee while reading the newspaper.
All who knew Edgar “Bud” Kirk would agree that he was one of the most kind people around. He was the sort of person who would give away the shirt off his back if someone needed it, and he was also so loyal, honest, and obedient. Hardworking and dependable, Bud was there for others in ways both great and small. Although he will be deeply missed, his family finds comfort in knowing that he is walking the streets of gold.
Edgar “Bud” Ray Kirk, 94, of Patterson Twp passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Bud was born September 23, 1924 in Tunnelton, West Virginia. He was a retiree from Pittsburgh Teledyne in Monaca.
Bud is survived by his sister Wanda Annon, two sons Richard (Lori) Kirk of Chippewa and Larry Kirk of Monaca, a daughter Deborah Intrieri of Patterson Township, a granddaughter Angela Intrieri of Chippewa, two grandsons: Art (Andrea) Intrieri of Center Township and Ethan Intrieri of Patterson Township, a great-granddaughter Grace Intrieri (as he lovingly referred to as “The Boss”), and fur baby Luca. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews as well.
He was preceded in death by wife Mary Ann (Kidner) Kirk, father William Kirk, mother Stella Ann (Nestor) Kirk, siblings Glen, Betty Jean, Mary, Ruth, Edna, Blanche, and Kenneth.
Bud’s joys in life were his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing catch in the pool, sitting by his pond watching the koi and listening to the frogs, and drinking coffee while reading the newspaper. He taught those around him to enjoy the little things in life, and to love and appreciate nature.
Special thanks for the loving care in his final days: Debbie Intrieri with whom he resided with for 16 years, Leanne Schwarzmann, Andrea and Art Intrieri, Rich Kirk, Ray Intrieri, Ethan Intrieri, Angela Intrieri who always looked forward to visiting her Pap Pap, Carol Meyer who was his faithful aid for 11 years, and Good Samaritan Hospice.
Friends will be received Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. at Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, followed by a service at 7:00 pm.
Bud cherished his granddaughter who has special needs and LGS. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Angela Intrieri Donation Fund % 2309 11th St. Beaver Falls Pa 15010.
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