James A. 'Lucky' Kirk


Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2007



Longtime Soldotna resident James A. "Lucky" Kirk died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Mr. Kirk was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Emerald, Wis. He received his education in Granton, Wis. He was an electrician and musician, who played guitar and trumpet. He moved to Alaska in 1984 and lived in Soldotna. He retired from being an electrician in the late 1980s.

Mr. Kirk was a member of the Soldotna Church of God. He did volunteer work whenever volunteers were needed. He also played holiday music for The Salvation Army during the holiday season for their charity drive.

He enjoyed playing music and performed at many places throughout the area. He received the 1997 Alaska Songwriter of the Year Award. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and playing on his computer.

"Lucky never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. He helped inspire several young musicians in their career. During his career as a musician, he had many tapes and CDs sold that have spanned the globe," his family said.

Mr. Kirk was preceded in death by his parents, L.C. and Mabel Kirk; and a grandson, Jason Meier.

He is survived by his special companion, Lou Abbott of Soldotna; children, Pamela Wright of N. Bonneville, Wash., Toni Meier of Prescott, Wis., Kim Reader of Nampa, Idaho, and Jeffrey Kirk of Spirit Lake, Idaho; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Garbisch of Granton; twin brother, Joseph Kirk of Paynesville, Minn., and brother Noel Kirk of Richmond, Minn.; and extended family members, Larry and Margie Dean of Nikiski.

The family prefers memorial donations rather than flowers be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Ste. 204, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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