Vincennes, IN – Leonard S. Noel Kirk, 80, of Vincennes, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born on July 7, 1942 in Robinson, Illinois to the late Leonard and Effie (Matheny) Kirk.
Noel’s great joy was his family. He and his wife Rose Ann saw 62 wonderful years together raising children, and enjoying their grandchildren. He enjoyed watching their activities, from sports to marching band to fine arts. Noel counted it a privilege to perform weddings for many of his children and grandchildren, as well as numerous extended family members. Noel and Rose Ann loved to travel together, visiting friends and family across the US and the world. He was also an accomplished craftsman, equally comfortable framing a deck or building cabinetry.
Noel graduated from Oblong High School in 1960 and married his love Rose Ann that summer. He graduated from Milligan College, and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Emmanuel School of Religion. While studying, he and Rose Ann welcomed their three children. Noel ministered at churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana throughout his career. He also served on the board of Emmanuel School of Religion, while mentoring many future Christian leaders. He humbly modeled the teachings of Jesus to his family and all those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann (Fisher) Kirk; his children, Katrina Park (Matt) and Timothy Kirk (Penny); his grandchildren, Travis Park (Laura), John Ryan Park, Hannah Goebel (Garett), Zachariah Kirk, Caleb Kirk, Abigail Kirk and Austin Kirk; his great-grandchild, Azaria Kirk as well as his siblings, Keith Kirk (Beverly), Gene Kirk (Janet) and Karen Staley (John).
Noel is preceded in death by his son, Greggry Kirk as well as his siblings, Reba Traylor, Dawn Ellen Tracy and David Kirk.
Services will be on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at First Christian Church, 206 N Range St, Oblong, IL 62449. Visitation is at 10am, and a Celebration of Life will follow at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Illiana to provide scholarships for children who can’t afford a week at church camp. Donations can be made 3 ways: online at https://www.campilliana.org/donate with “In memory of Noel Kirk” in the memo section; by check made to Camp Illiana, memo “In memory of Noel Kirk”, mailed to Camp Illiana, 723 E 450 S Washington, IN 47501; or by phone at (812) 254-3322. Camp Illiana will inform the family of donors’ names.
Simple Cremation Evansville is entrusted with care.