In Memory of

Patrick Kirby

January 25, 1946 - June 8, 2017
Patrick John Kirby, the son of Joseph and Anita (Murphy) Kirby was born January 25, 1946, in Fonda, IA. His childhood years were spent on the family farm near Fonda. He graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Fonda, Iowa and later attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in business and finance. On June 24, 1972, Pat was united in marriage to Mary Blowers in Waterville, MN. Following their marriage they moved to Rochester, MN where Pat worked as a bank examiner for the FDIC for a short period of time. They then moved to Waterville, MN where Pat served as Vice President for Citizens State Bank. In 1987, they relocated to Aitkin, MN where Pat was President of First National Bank, and in 2000 they moved to Cherokee, IA where he served at President of State Savings bank for 16 years. Pat enjoyed home improvement projects, wood working, and attending auctions. Pat also enjoyed his time spent at his cabin on Round Lake in Northern Minnesota. On June 8, 2017, Pat passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Kirby; his parents, Joseph and Anita Kirby; one daughter, Heather Kirby; and one sister, Peggy Leahy. He is survived by his two sons, Tony Kirby and significant other, Rhonda Heshiser of Dassel, MN, and Jeff (Reta) Kirby of Norwalk, IA; grandchildren: Anthony Kirby, Joshua Kirby, Maci Kirby, Alex Tesdahl, Emma Tesdahl, Matt Heshiser, Hannah Gooding, and Blake Gooding; two sisters, Kate (Randy) Bass of Fonda, IA, and Mary Jo (Bob) Hartnett of the Twin Cities; and also several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, MN.
Father Michael Ince
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until service time at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, MN.
Calvary Cemetery Waterville, MN


Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Tony & Jeff and families,
I agree with Susan, our neighborhood is and will miss both Pat & Mary. They were no respecter of persons. They gave respect to all persons no matter, of social standing, power or other factors. Both were genuine, decent people with integrity and fun. You have my sympathies and am so sorry you have had so much loss in short time, your sister,Heather,your mother, Mary and now Pat. I want to share with you that when your parents said each of your names, I felt the love they had for each of you in the way they said your names. May the Lord comfort you all with His Love.”
- Jolene
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We enjoyed visiting with Pat and Mary up at their cabin on round lake. When Mary had passed and he was there by himself we invited Pat to play cards and share boat rides when I had a girls weekend up there! He had put so much time into making his cabin perfect! He was a super man and will be greatly missed! I'm sorry for your loss!!”
- Peggy Cox
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We would like to extend our Deepest Sympathy to you all. Always enjoyed visiting with Pat and hearing about his trips to the cabin, along with the project he was working on. It has been a pleasure doing business with Pat, both with our auctions he attended and vehicles that he has purchased from us over the years. keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time. Rick, Karen Ricky & Michael Swain & Family ”
- Karen K Swain
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I enjoyed having Pat and Mary as our neighbors and loved visiting with them and the kitties and sharing funny cat stories. They were wonderful people and will be greatly missed on our block and in Cherokee.”
- Susan Williams
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