OBITUARY

John S. Kirby III

July 24, 1926November 5, 2021
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John S. Kirby III (Sr.) of Carmel, IN passed away on November 5, 2021 after years of struggling with an ongoing illness. John was born on July 24th of 1926 in Urbana, OH but lived the majority of his life in central Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School and then from Indiana University with a degree in business. As a businessman, he owned and managed a few small companies over the years culminating in Kirby Realty Group, a Carmel based commercial property management company. John and his late wife, Jean, were avid boaters, licensed pilots, coworkers and travel partners around the world for almost 50 years. John married Jean on May 26, 1962 in Indianapolis and enjoyed each others company until Jean’s death on November 14, 2011. John was in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge in World War II. He was fortunate to be invited to experience a veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington DC several years ago.

John was preceded in death by his wife Jean Hummermeier Kirby, father John S. Kirby II, mother Helen Mumper Kirby, step-mother Martha Kirby, and brothers Bob Kirby and Tom Kirby. He is survived by his sons Chris C. Kirby and John S. Kirby IV, his significant other Gerry Newkirk, and grandchildren, Mary (Katy) Kirby, Philip Kirby, Jennifer Kirby, Jenna Cantrell and other nieces and nephews.

Visitation for John will be held Friday, November 12, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Leppert Mortuaries – Carmel, 900 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, Indiana 46032. John will be laid to rest in Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio at 2pm on Saturday, November 13th.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuary.com for the Kirby family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jean C. Kirby, Wife (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 13, 2021

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Laura Jane Moorman

November 14, 2021

My condolences to the Kirby family on their loss.

Laura Moorman, cousin


Dave and Valerie Woessner/Newman

November 11, 2021

We had so much fun when you and Jean came to visit us in Colorado, when we stayed with you and you brought us all around Florida and each time we made it back to Illinois when you were there. Dave also enjoyed talking with you on the phone so often. We will both miss you, John and hope that you will rest in peace. Your legacy lives on in your kids and grandchildren. Dave also has fond memories of staying with you and Jean when he worked for you one summer and I appreciated your warm greeting to me when Dave brought me to my first Hummermeier X-mas in 1984. I'll always remember your warmth, your hearty laughter and the sincere interest you showed to each person you spoke with. Our deepest sympathy goes to John's entire family. Love, Dave Woessner and Valerie Newman

Bob Dinnsen

November 9, 2021

I have known John since 1956 when we moved to Indianapolis on Delmar Road . I also did business with John, Jean and TJ while my Dad and I were in the insurance business. John was always loyal to us but he was thrifty. Always honest and straight forward. The last time I saw John was at Costco in Castleton. He was his jolly self and was asking about my Mom and Dad. John lived a long life of 95 years and his memory will always be with me. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Bob Dinnsen

Connie Horwitz

November 7, 2021

Big John will be missed. We have many fond memories over the last 30+ years of backyard conversations and of watching him zip around the yard on his little blue mower.

Rest In Peace, John.
Connie and Jeff Horwitz

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John S. Kirby III

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John & Jean's Wedding

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Chris, John & John IV

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Birthday Party

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Jenny, Katy

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Honor Flight

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John S. Kirby III

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John & Jean's Wedding

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Chris, John & John IV

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Birthday Party

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Jenny, Katy

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Honor Flight

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John & Katy

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GMC Motorhome

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Katy

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Washington DC