Kirk Titus Englin

August 25, 1949October 11, 2021

Kirk Titus Englin was called home to be with the Lord on October 11,2021 at his home in South Beloit, Illinois, with his family nearby, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kirk was born on August 25,1949 to Richard Englin and Ann Titus in Rockford, Illinois.

Kirk is survived by his Wife of 44 years Kathy (Dorris) of South Beloit, Illinois, his children Bryce Englin of Fairborn, Ohio and Sara (Englin) McLain of South Beloit, Illinois. His Siblings Jeffrey Gustin, John Englin, Richard Englin, and Beth (Englin) Campbell. Brother-in-law Leon Dorris, James Dorris, and sister-in-law Louise Dorris. Grandchildren Lilly LaCombe, Tyler Englin, Winston Johnson III, and Emma Englin, Great Grandson Liam T. Englin and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by his faithful fur baby Jasper who never left his side.

Kirk is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard Titus and Helen Woodman, Emma Anderson and Louis Bonzi, his Father Richard Englin, Mother Ann Titus, and Brother Paul Englin

After graduating from West High School in Rockford Illinois, Kirk joined the United States Air Force and served from 1969-1973, Assignments during his time in service include now closed Kincheloe and K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan and a year of remote tour at King Salmon Air Force Station in Nome, Alaska. His time in service included deployments to Guam and Thailand in support of operations during the Vietnam conflict.

Kirk worked for Brinks Armored Cars as a security messenger and later became a over the road truck driver, he completed technical truck driving school in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His truck driving experience included driving for multiple companies prior to becoming an independent truck driver and owner operator.

He and his family attended Emanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford, Illinois growing up and later reaffirmed his faith in Jesus and became a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Roscoe, Illinois. Kirk drove the bus and served in the Bus Ministry for Heritage Baptist Church for many years with a smile and happiness that was well loved by the kids he regularly picked up and brought to church. He attended Central Christian Church in Beloit Wisconsin the last few years.

Kirk married the love of his life Kathleen Dorris in April of 1977. Their marriage was blessed with 1 son and 1 daughter. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing with his father and brothers and had a passionate love of service and patriotism for his country. Kirk made friends wherever he went he loved talking to people and listening. Kirk was proud of his grandchildren and his great grandson; his life will be cherished in the life of wife and children and his family and friends. He was loved and will be missed dearly

A visitation will be held at 1pm, funeral service at 2 pm and lunch in to follow on Friday, October 29th 2021 at Advantage Funeral Home. Located at 7000 West State Street Rockford IL.


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Heidi Heidi

October 17, 2021

I grew up around Sara and we did at times get into trouble I remember many times Kirk would sternly talk to us about our choices, he always had advice and always had the time to talk. Many of family dinners at the Englin house always welcome as one of the family. Rest in Peace Kirk. Prayers to his famly.

Natasha Knutson

October 14, 2021

I don't have many memories with Kirk, but the one that I have does mean the most I think. I remember how happy him and Sara were at her wedding and they did the father daughter dance. That whole day, he was so happy and there was almost a glitter in his eye all day and night! R.I.P. Kirk. As you sit beside God, please watch over all of us.

Sherry Hogan

October 14, 2021

I will always remember coming over to hang out with Sara and Ty and Kirk stopping me in the kitchen with some big story to tell me. He was quick to always share a story or what crap was going on in the world. Even the last couple years when he would bring his vehicles down to get fixed he would still come into the office and sit down to share another story with me. He could be very hard on Sara but one thing never wavered was his love for her. He did love his family dearly and will never be forgotten.

Rob McLain

October 14, 2021

Kirk was a loving father, husband and friend who loved God, Family and His Country. A true patriot who dedicated himself to preserving history and the freedoms we all enjoy. He loved to fish and to create. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. My favorite memories were our annual Veterans Day dinner where we would toast to our country and service men and women. I am going to miss you my friend.