James M. Kirk

May 4, 1934April 23, 2019

James M. Kirk, 84, of Crystal Lake passed away April 23, 2019. He was born May 4, 1934 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Paul and Edna (Neil) Kirk. Jim was a proud veteran of the Korean War and recently was invited to take part in the Honor Flight. He was also active in Korean War reunions. He was a member of the American Legion and Elks for over 50 years. Jim worked for Motorola for over 33 years and became president of the Retirement Club. He was a very active member of the church for 70 years, enjoying time in Bible classes and volunteering. He especially enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time he played Bingo, Pinochle, Bridge, sang in a Barber Shop Quartet and loved to travel. Jim is survived by his wife, Erika; his children, Sue Yaussi, Anne (Michael) Lohmeier, Mark (Deb) Kirk; his step-children, Philip (Laura) Bertram, Douglas (Linda) Bertram, Nancy (David) Butler, Neal (Bettie Jo) Bertram, Marilyn (Thomas) Beckley; his 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jo and their son, Steven Kirk; his daughter-in-law, Jan Kirk; his second wife, Elaine; and his step-daughter, Helma Johnson. There will be a visitation from 5 to 8pm on Friday, April 26 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue from 10am to 11am on Saturday, April 27 at Historic Immanuel Lutheran Church, 178 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. There will be a service at 11am. Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Honor Flight Chicago at or to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at


  • Erika Kirk, Wife
  • Sue Yaussi, Daughter
  • Anne (Michael) Lohmeier, Daughter
  • Mark (Deb) Kirk, Son
  • Philip (Laura) Bertram, Step-son
  • Douglas (Linda) Bertram, Step-son
  • Nancy (David) Butler, Step-daughter
  • Neal (Bettie Jo) Bertram, Step-son
  • Marilyn (Thomas) Beckley, Step-daughter
  • Mary Jo Kirk, First Wife
  • Steven Kirk, Son
  • Jan Kirk, Daughter-in-law
  • Elaine Kirk, Second Wife
  • Helma Johnson, Step-daughter
  • Jim is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Continued Visitation Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 27, 2019


James M. Kirk

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Renet Tooley

April 30, 2019

My most sincere condolences to each of you for the passing of your father. So glad you enjoyed many years with him. May you each take comfort in your wonderful memories of your father, and God's promises for the future. Your father was a loving, kind, and generous man! Renet