OBITUARY

Merlin Thomas Kirby

November 22, 1925February 28, 2018
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It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our patriarch, Mr. Merlin Thomas Kirby. Born in 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, Merlin passed away quietly, at home, at age 92, on February 28, 2018 in Garden Grove, California, following a thankfully short illness.

Merlin served in the Navy from 1943 to 1947 during World War II before moving to California to raise two children with his first wife.

After rising in the ranks at Hughes Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, Merlin decided to chart his own course in the High Tech Equipment industry as a business owner, opening A-VAC Industries, Inc. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe, son Michael, 2nd wife Jeanette and constant companion, Spinner the Wonder Dog. Merlin is survived by his daughter, Sherri; stepsons, Donald and Raymond, 2 granddaughters and 3 Great grandchildren.

He also leaves behind his cat, Domino and dogs, Tom and Poppy. Merlin loved playing pool, hunting bargains at garage sales, following politics and tinkering in the garage. A memorial service will be held on March 24th, 2018, 12 noon at Dimond and Shannon Mortuary, 10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA (714) 537-1038. Followed by an invitation-only ‘Earthday Party’ at son Donald McGregor’s home, in Garden Grove, CA.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Francisco Molina

March 2, 2018

A good bye to the sweeties friend I ever met,smiling and happy almost all the time;enjoy the time we spent together either playing pool, or poker or some other things that he did for people. A very generous person, with a big heart, we all enjoyed his company. He'll be missed from all of us at The Senior Center, but also he always be in our heart forever. Farewell my dear friend rest in peace forever. Adios mi Querido Amigo, amigos para Siempre!!!!!!!!!!

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Biography

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our patriarch, Mr. Merlin Thomas Kirby. Born in 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, Merlin passed away quietly, at home, at age 92, on February 28, 2018 in Garden Grove, California, following a thankfully, short illness.

Merlin served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 during World War II before moving to California to raise two children with his first wife.

After rising in the ranks at Hughes Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, Merlin decided to chart his own course in the High Tech Equipment industry as a business owner, opening A-VAC Industries, Inc. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe, son Michael, 2nd wife Jeanette and constant companion, Spinner the Wonder Dog. Merlin is survived by his daughter, Sherri; stepsons, Donald and Raymond, granddaughters Caitlin and Rebecca and 3 Great grandchildren.

He also leaves behind his cat, Domino and dogs, Tom and Poppy. Merlin loved playing pool, hunting bargains at garage sales, following politics and tinkering in the garage. A memorial service will be on March 24th, 2018, 12 noon at Dimond and Shannon Mortuary, 10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, (714) 537-1038. Followed by an invitation-only ‘Earthday Party’ at son Donald McGregor’s home, in Garden Grove, CA.