Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD


Francis Howard Kirby, Jr.

20 December, 195014 June, 2020
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On Sunday, June 14, 2020, Francis (Frank) H. Kirby, Jr., of Waldorf, Maryland, passed away at home. Frank was born on Wednesday, December 20, 1950 in Alexandria, Virginia. Raised in his early years in Hillside, Maryland. His high school years were spent in Forestville, Maryland. Frank was a 1969 graduate of Suitland High School. He moved to Charles County in 1998. Frank was a proud member of the Washington DC Local 5 Plumbers Union since 1969. He had to retire in 1992 because of heart disease and stroke.

Frank was of Presbyterian faith. His passion in life was drag racing and working on race cars. Later in life his other hobbies were fishing, exercising, and most recently, racing slot cars. He was also a model train enthusiast.

Frank was the first child of the late Francis H. Kirby and Olive Marie Reinhardt Kirby. He is survived by his beloved brothers Terry (Cherel), Mark (Lyn), sister Susan Kirby Veech (John), nephew Joe Kirby (Terry), niece Hannah Kirby (Mark), nephew Jack Veech (Susan), and niece Caitlin Veech (Susan). Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.



  • Visitation

    Friday, 19 June , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 20 June , 2020


  • Burial


Francis Howard Kirby, Jr.

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Ralph Cain

24 June 2020

What a time we had as children. We did not get to see each other often enough in our older years. I am going to miss Frank. Rest in peace, cousin.

Amy (Reinhardt) Fagerli

22 June 2020

The Reinhardt Reunion won’t be the same without cousin Frankie and the photo albums he always brought with him. I’ll miss his quiet presence at the reunion and the green bean and potato casserole he brought each year. It was a sad week, losing both Frankie and my mom, Peggy, within days of each other and I’m sorry my family couldn’t be present at the funeral. Rest In Peace, cousin Frankie. You were a good and kind man.

Kay Gioffre

19 June 2020

I was so very sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. Frank was a dear friend. Frank, myself and many others shared many happy times together. We all grew up together. His nick name was “The missing link.” Frank and the rest of the gang went to Myrtle Beach and OC together. Frank was in my wedding. Another one gone too soon. You will be greatly missed Frank. ❤️❤️

Mark Kirby

19 June 2020

Frank was my oldest of two older brothers. Being 16 years my senior he often times attempted to assume the role of father as well. Although this was almost never to my liking, it kept me from straying too far over the center line.

My earliest memories of Frank revolve around drag racing and his 1970 hot rod Chevy Nova. I remember feeling like the coolest kid in the world when we took that car racing all over Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. You were always so super competitive and I was always so shocked when you got beat.

As we grew older bigger challenges came our way. I so admired you courage and perseverance in the way you battled through the challenges of over coming a heart attack and stroke in your early 40's. And when I was severely injured in a car accident you did your best to help get me back on my feet. I am forever grateful for that.

And now that I have my own family you have been such a great friend and brother to my wife Lyn and a wonderful uncle to my daughter Hannah. I will cherish all the fun times we all shared together. I loved you like a brother and respected you like a father. Rest in Peace now my brother.

Bruce Reinhardt

19 June 2020

My "Cousin Frankie" made a point of attending each and every one of our family reunions each year. And he always managed to be the first to show, sitting there patiently waiting for the rest of us laggards to show up. I'll miss you Frankie but know you are up there with the "good guys" and will always be the first guy there the first Saturday in August each year.

Lyn Kirby

19 June 2020

When i meet frank for the first time,I felt little nervous because of what mark says but it turn out different,He is so kind to hannah and I,very caring and loving person. He didn't ask anything to me but said"welcome to the family lyn" very simple phrase but it was engraved in my little heart. Whenever Frank is present, I have no worries,I feel warm and comfortable, i can talk anything shamelessly to him. He always telling endless stories about families and his career,showing me some things thats special to him and that made me very happy in my ❤️. I am beyond grateful and honored that I've known him and being part of his life. He is one of the Best Brother inlaw in my existence. I will miss you always Frank!!! Rest well,until we meet again!!!

P.s Attached my favorite photo of us!


Lisa BryantODay

18 June 2020

This is a huge loss to our family, I would say that Frankie was kind of the glue that held us together like our parents did !! He was very special to my parents and my immediate family. Even through my mom and dad's illness's and thru his own health problems he alway's found the time to come and visit with us and for that we are very grateful!! I know there is a huge reunion up there and until we meet again Rest in Paradise !! Please give everyone our love and continue to watch over us down here !! xoxo

Pat Gioffre

18 June 2020

Frank, was a good friend. I have fond memories of him, in particular, during my teenage years. He was fun to be around even when he was giving me a hard time. But, he always did it in a funny and gentle way. I enjoyed visiting him and talking to him while he was washing and waxing his beautiful car. I am going to miss him, in particular, our annual conversation around Christmas time. Frank, Rest In Peace.

Jack Veech

18 June 2020

Uncle Frank,

While we lived far apart, and in different states, I will always remember fondly our family events together. I will also remember visiting you at 1911 Napier Drive (Poppy’s House) when I was a toddler. Rest In Peace

—— Your oldest nephew, Jack Veech

Monica & Tommy Sanders

18 June 2020

I met Frank at MIR many years ago . Always a cheerful face at the track , riding his bike around visiting friends . He became very good friends with my parents through meeting at the mall walkers group. Frank became a member of our family during my moms illness . He was of great support during that time . He took a few memorable pictures at MIR of myself and granddaughter. Priceless !!! Framed and I look at them daily . May your new journey bring you peace and an 1/8 mile stripe. You will be missed !!!


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