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Kirk Eugene Saunders

June 1, 1947June 26, 2020

Kirk Eugene Saunders was born in Sargent’s Bluff, Iowa on June 1, 1947. His parents were Eugene and Luella (Pedersen) Saunders. As a boy he lived in a small farmhouse with his parents, 3 older sisters, Shirley (deceased), Karen Oster (Rick), and Janet Kerns (Terry), and his younger brother Elliotte (Tina). He had a lifelong passion for anything mechanical. As a teenager he loved speed. His claim to fame in the Jackson, Nebraska Newspaper was that he was ticketed for driving over 100 mph in his shiny new Ford Fairlane. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. It was while in the Air Force, that his next passion was ignited – Flying. He once landed his small plane in a field in rural Jackson.

He married Kathy Ludwig. They had two children, Lisa and Chad. Shortly after Chad was born the young family moved to Colorado Springs, CO where Kirk worked at Daniel’s Chevrolet. Ever the entrepreneur, he opened up his first “shop.” He contracted with Coca Cola to fix their delivery trucks. As his business grew, so did his collection. He needed a bigger shop. He moved his business to 331 S. Chestnut where he stayed for over 30 years fixing his own diesel trucks as well others’. The state bought his land and he relocated his shop to Penrose, Colorado. He had finished working on trucks by then, but it was like a museum for his collection. Through his sister, Karen, he met and married Patt Bakke, March of 1998. They remained married for 22 years.

Lisa is married to Dale and has three adult children, Corey, Kyle and Kaitlyn. Chad is married to Christian and they have 2 year old twins, Sebastion Luis and Vincent Nicholas.

Kirk passed away, suddenly, June 26, 2020 in their home. He is loved and will be missed by his many friends and family.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


Kirk Eugene Saunders

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tony tyler

July 8, 2020

Wow i really miss Kirk.. This guy was so down to earth and real.. we both had a passion for cars and making things run and used to always talk about our automobile projects and rental house projects we had going .. Known him for so many years.. Sometimes he would come in to pay his insurance and 2 hours later he would leave . .always had something good to talk about in deed. I will deeply miss him and his little fluorescent brief case coming to visit me ..


July 4, 2020

Kirk was an amazing man, He enjoyed being around people and loved to help and assist whenever the situation called.
I will miss seeing Kirk and Patt together, they made an amazing team. Both were loving, kind, giving, and walked with the Lord. Now Kirk is at home with his Savior.

Terry Layh

July 4, 2020

Kirk was the Greatest Friend you could have and still is! He was my brother, I will dearly miss him and his stories! I dont have the space to tell you about Kirk and one day I hope to see my friend Kirk Saunders. Thank you Pat for sharing Kirk with us

Katie Bell

July 2, 2020