Charles “Clem” Kirkey, 87, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Burial is at Graceville Consolidated Cemetery. Visitation is 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Graceville, with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the services at the church.
Charles Clemeth Kirkey was born to Charles Ford and Anna Catherine (Heck) Kirkey on June 23, 1925, in Toqua Township, Minn. He attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Graceville.
Charles married Berdine Hulda Heuer on June 27, 1953, at St. Barnabus Catholic Church in Barry, Minn. They had three children. Charles served his country during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Army. He was a farmer until 1966, at which time he became the manager of the Barry Farmer’s Elevator. He held this position for 27 years, always stating that he retired once the new elevator was fully paid for.
Charles was a member of Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post 0297 and the Graceville Golf Club, and had participated in the men’s bowling league. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and fishing. He cherished time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Berdine, of Graceville; his children: Steven (Sandy) Kirkey of Brookings, Robert Kirkey of Dallas and Patty Kirkey of Graceville, Minn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Maragaret (James) Middleton of Chicago; and sisters-in-law, Linda Kirkey of Farmington, Minn., and Margaret Kirkey of Alexandria, Minn.
Charles was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Edward “Luke” Campbell; and his brothers: William Kirkey and Thomas Kirkey.
Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Graceville is in charge of arrangements. To leave condolences online, please visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.