Landreth Lanny Lee Kirkpatrick

June 19, 1939July 31, 2010

Landreth Lee (Lanny) “Kirk” Kirkpatrick died the morning of July 31, 2010 at Garnet Hill Nursing Home in Wylie, TX following a three-year bout with throat cancer and several rounds of pneumonia.

Lanny was born June 19, 1939 in Sherman, TX, the first of two sons to Marjorie Juanita (Klein) Kirkpatrick and Ralph Landreth Kirkpatrick. He attended school in Sherman through the 11th grade, finishing with a GED while in the Marine Corps.

He entered the Marine Corps with his best friend, Larry Cole, in September,1956 and went through boot camp at Camp Pendelton in San Diego, CA. He served on bases in Barstow, CA and Albany, GA. His first tour of duty was from September 1956 to November 1963. This tour was extended due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Lanny was in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1974-1976, training during this time at Paris Island. Lanny loved the Marine Corps; he lived and breathed it his entire life. He was extremely proud of Lanny Jr.’s service in the Marine Corps in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

While in Georgia, Lanny married the first time, and had a son Ralph Mitchell Kirkpatrick in 1959. Divorced and married a second time, and had a daughter Cynthia Marie Kirkpatrick (Rodriguez), in 1962. He later divorced. He and Cindy were reunited in 1984. Lanny lived briefly in Hawaii and worked for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, then moved back to Dallas.

He met Peggy Kinney in Dallas and they married on May 12, 1963. They had son Lanny Jr. in 1964, and moved to Sherman, TX where Lanny Sr. worked as a police officer and then owned his own security company. They lived in Richardson, and Lanny worked at liquor stores and liquor distributors based in Dallas. Lanny enjoyed being in business for himself. He owned a vending business and ultimately established Kirkpatrick Private Investigations. He, Peggy and Lanny Jr. moved to Plano in 1976, where Peggy still lives.

Lanny dearly loved his granddaughter Nikki, daughter of Lanny Jr. We are so grateful that Lanny got to meet his granddaughter Gemma, daughter of Cindy, just before he passed.

Lanny loved boating, fishing, playing poker, gardening and keeping animals, especially birds. He spent time at American Legion Posts 321 in Plano and 368 in Richardson. He was very proud of his family history and liked to visit the Kirkpatrick Home Place in Whitewright, TX, now on the national registry of historic places.

Lanny is survived by his wife, Peggy Kirkpatrick, son Lanny Jr. (of Wylie, TX) and granddaughter Christin Nicole (Nikki, of Lipan, TX, age 18); daughter Cindy Kirkpatrick Rodriguez (of Montana) her partner Tina Rodriguez and granddaughter Gemma Lorraine Rodriguez, age 1 ½ years; son Ralph Mitchell Kirkpatrick (of Florida) and granddaughter Angela (age 16); his brother Jim Kirkpatrick (of Pottsboro, TX) and niece Gina Gail and nephew James Evan, and uncle Bob Kirkpatrick (of Denison, TX ).

Lanny was one of a kind: a big personality with a tough exterior and a soft side. He’ll be remembered by all who met him and dearly missed by those who loved him.


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Landreth Lanny Lee Kirkpatrick

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August 28, 2010

Peggy, I just found out this evening about Lanny. I don't know if you remember me or not, but Lanny & I grew up together in Sherman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

Saunda Smith Carter O'Connell
Allen, TX

James Brown

August 27, 2010

Just learned of Lanny's passing and would like to convey my sincere condolences. I have fond memories of Lanny and growing up in Sherman! (class of '58)

August 9, 2010

Lanny, I'm sure you're riding around heaven telling everyone to "get in"!!! You will be missed here on earth and we will think of you often, old friend, with a smile on our face.

Larry and Janell Davis

Pat McGee

August 9, 2010

Lanny, you will be missed!

I met and knew Lanny at American Legion Post 368 and, in a short time, grew to call him "friend". He has been in our thoughts and prayers since he has been unable to attend in past weeks. It was extremely evident that Lanny was a man of conviction, honor, and love of family and country.
I think the last paragraph of his obit said it best "Lanny was one of a kind: a big personality with a tough exterior and a soft side. He'll be remembered by all who met him and dearly missed by those who loved him". Our sympathies go out to your family and to you Lanny - Semper Fi!

Pat McGee
Commander, Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 368

Donna Burg

August 8, 2010

"Lanny, you will always be remembered as a helpful friend, you gave me candies many times-sweet for the sweet you always said. You will be missed from our midst. Lanny Jr. you are an excellent son & took care of your Dad well. Donna Burg, ALA 368

John & Donna Burg

August 8, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Frederica Banker

August 3, 2010

Lanny Kirkpatrick was a loyal, loving supportive gentleman. I am honored to have called him my friend. I will miss his laugh and his enthusiasm. Lanny, you will be missed, but not forgotten. Love you! Frederica Banker, TXDPS, PSB