James D. Kirby
Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home
11028 Southwest Highway
Palos Hills, IL
Kirby, James D. Age 92, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Beloved husband of the late Mary C. (nee Speese). Devoted father of Meg (Tom) Noone and Kim Kirby. Loving grandfather of Shannon Aardema, Heather Yandel, Kelli Molck, Kerbi Seabolt and great-grandfather of 8. Special friend of Lenora Nape. Member of Palos Memorial American Legion Post #1993, Palos Gun Club, Green Acres Sportsman Club and one of the founding members of Palos Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Jim also worked as an outdoor columnist for many newspapers. Visitation Sunday, Nov. 17th, 3-8:00 p.m. at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy. (7700W) Palos Hills. Funeral Monday, Nov. 18th, 11:00 a.m. service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.palosgaidasfh.com (708) 974 4410.

Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 17, 2019.
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Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home
11028 Southwest Highway, Palos Hills, IL
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11028 Southwest Highway, Palos Hills, IL
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Such wonderful memories of the Kirby family he was one of my brother's best friends. You're with Mary now RIP.
Toni Huss
December 12, 2020
The Kirbys were our next door neighbors for several years when I was very young. My sister Amy and I would climb over the split rail fence to play with Kim and Meg. Their yard and home seemed like a magical kingdom since they had horses, a trampoline and a mounted sailfish in the living room. Mr. Kirby used to take us to get ice cream at "Sophies", now the Plush Horse in his convertible. He was a remarkable man who knew how to have fun.
Deborah Alsko
March 19, 2020
Im so sorry that I missed his funeral. Jim was a great guy. He always made me laugh when I was over repairing his computer or talking over the phone. He really missed his wife and was very proud of his family. Rest In Peace.
Dan McFalls
February 9, 2020
Dave and I moved into the neighborhood west of Kirbys in 1969. We knew them well through all the years, ski club and snowmobile years, raising their girls and our boys! Our memories are filled with laughter and fun! We are sending our sincere sympathies to the family and will remember Jim and Mary.
Dave and Sue Dodge
December 3, 2019
What a merry and devoted couple Jim and Mary were! Their home was filled with laughter, warmth, and a welcoming spirit to anyone who entered. I've known Jim for more than 70 years because our families were friends. His curiosity, vibrancy, and easy laughter were traits he shared with all. I am sorry for your loss and wish you the strongest coping skills in the months ahead. Fondly, Linda Landis Andrews
Linda Landis Andrews
December 3, 2019
I was Jim's next door neighbor for 14 wonderful years in Palos Park. We visited at each other's homes and had many chats across the split rail fence. I used to help him with 2 man jobs in his yard and we talked about hunting and fishing. His trophy room was very impressive. He was always cheerful and kind. Jim Kirby was a great friend and a gentleman with a huge heart.
Larry Richter
December 1, 2019
Jim has been a part of our family as long as I can remember. He will be greatly missed.
November 19, 2019
I am proud to say Jim was my friend, and he will be missed.
Jerry Pabst
November 19, 2019
We send you our deepest sympathy as you mourn your father's passing. What an amazing life he had!
Hoesing Girls & Sandra Kapp Murray
November 18, 2019
Jim was my Godfather I was born the same day that Jim and Mary were married. My Father was in the wedding party and almost missed the wedding because he was at the Hospital with my Mother who just gave birth to me. Jim introduced my Mother and Father to Cable Wisconsin where they bought Norway Lodge on Lake Owen in 1963. I have been in Cable since then. Jim and Mary would come up in the fall to celebrate their anniversary and Jim and I would go Grouse Hunting and later in November it would be Deer Hunting. Jim was always working out the ultimate Deer Drive checking the wind direction and time of sunup. Heaven help the poor soul that slammed the door on Jim's Jeep at the start of the deer drive. Both Patsy and I will remember Jim and his family, they spent lot's of time in Cable with my family. We will miss him! Henry & Patsy Rieckhoff
Henry Rieckhoff
November 16, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
David Gaidas and Family
November 17, 2019
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