Malvern Emerson Kirby

March 24, 1929September 11, 2018

Malvern E. Kirby, 89, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his home in Princeton, Iowa. Services in celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Summit Church, 21931 Utica Ridge Road. Family will greet friends from 4-7 pm Friday, September 14, 2018 at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Malvern was born in 1929 in Davenport, Iowa to R. Howard and Florence Kirby. He married Mary L. Perry on April 1, 1950. She preceded him in death in 2003. He married Helen Rogers on September 4, 2004. Malvern was a farmer for 75 years. He loved playing cards, bowling, working with stained glass, and restoring tractors. He was loved by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Helen; their children: Sandra (James) Olsen, Marleen Olsen and Dennis (Shelie) Kirby all of Davenport, IA; Linda (RJ) Holst, Princeton, IA, Betty Turner, Coon Rapids, MN, Carl (Debra) Turner, Random Lake, WI, Tom (Leslie) Turner, Princeton, WI, Mike (Penny) Turner, Amherst, WI; Karen (Terrance) Moore; sister Roma Hauck,Taylor Ridge, IL; grandchildren: Erin Meschke, Kara Duvall, Camye Halvorson, Raub Olsen, Jamie Lacey, Randal Olsen, Jordan Epping, Eden Pearson, Faith Jenkins, Molly Bucklaw, Lisa Saunders, Dana Burmeister, Kyle Kirby, Jake Turner, Ashley McManus, Dustin Turner, Jason Turner, Mary Blabaum, Emily Jankowski, Sarah Turner, Laura Rochau, Lana Reid, Lindsay Olson, JR Holst, Lily Holst, Isaac Holst, Keri Lehn, Ruth Harden, Michael Moore, Bethany Lybarger, Rebecca Kistler, Tamera Wild, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary L. Perry, sister Roberta Huebbe, son Randal Kirby and son-in-law D. Robert Olsen.


  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Marney Sudholt

September 13, 2018

Sandi, I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. I’m thinking of all the hours I spent with you when we were growing up and how well we knew each other’s parents. I have many fond memories of your farm and house and family. How lucky your Dad is to be going to his final home. Take care.

Lori Schneckloth-Dixon

September 13, 2018

My sympathy to all of Malvern's family members and many friends. I have fond memories of him and Mary and the family from when I was a little girl. Marleen watched the six of my siblings and myself when our parents went on a two-week vacation. We spent some time in their home during that time and did activities inside and outside. I remember Malvern outside working on the farm. I remember his kindness. I remember a wonderful farm house with Mary inside cooking, cleaning and the atmosphere was fantastic! Very loving, warm, welcoming, and comforting! With my dad marrying into a family when I was very young that struggles with mental health issues, the memories of the Kirby's and the times at their house comforted me and help me, I know in a very special way, to become a responsible and educated adult with a good career. Thank you, Malvern, for being a wonderful Head of the Household.

Susan Frye

September 13, 2018

Dear Sandi, Lauralea, and Camye: I am sorry to read about the death of your beloved father and grandfather. Please accept my sympathy. Sincerely, Susan Frye, Maysville.

Bob & Mary Anne Braden

September 12, 2018

Sending loving thoughts to all of malvern's family! We were blessed to have known him❤️