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Jay Kirkendall

April 18, 1941 ~ December 12, 2020 (age 79)

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Jay W. Kirkendall, 79, of Sloan, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at CHI Health Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska.

A Public Visitation will be 11:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Community Church of Christ, Sloan, Iowa. (Social distancing measures must be followed-Due to Covid-19 restrictions- Masks are required.) A Private Family Memorial Service will be held with Dr. Emery Killian officiating, with burial in the Sloan Cemetery, Sloan, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Jay Walpole Kirkendall was born April 18, 1941 in Sloan, Iowa the son of Jess “Ike” Benjamin and Mary Ellen (Walpole) Kirkendall. He graduated from Sloan High School in Sloan, Iowa.

Jay and Karen Rae (Parsley) were united in marriage on September 23, 1961 in Sloan, Iowa. He was a business owner of Kirkendall Standard alongside his brother James “Jim” Kirkendall for 42 years.

Jay had many hobbies and interests.  He was an avid hunter and had an especially strong passion for turkey hunting.  He loved collecting guns and was a proud lifetime member of the NRA.  Jay also loved racing pigeons.  He was a well-known flyer throughout the pigeon world for over 35 years.  In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his son Joe while refurbishing his prized 1960 Pontiac.  He never got tired of winning awards at car shows across the country. Mostly, Jay loved spending time with his family.  He treasured his time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

He was a faithful member of the Community Church of Christ in Sloan, Iowa and demonstrated a love of his church thru his deep faith.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Ellen Kirkendall of Sloan, Iowa ; his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Karen Kirkendall of Sloan, Iowa; children, Joe (Wendy) Kirkendall of Omaha, NE and Laura (Mark) Stearns of Somonauk, Illinois; grandchildren, Amy (Kyle) Brant, Kelli (Ryan) Hesse, Samantha (Josh) Killian, and Chelsea Stearns; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Lucas, and Scarlett Brant, Amelia and Adalyn Hesse; special family friend, Alan (Sara) Flanders; sister, Candace Maynard of Camdenton, Missouri; brother, Daniel (Bonnie) Kirkendall of Camdenton, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Linda Kirkendall of Sloan, Iowa,  Sue Kirkendall of Sioux City, Iowa, Trudy (John) Coil of Sloan, Iowa and Vicky Silbernagel of Ft Worth, Texas, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jess “Ike” Kirkendall; two brothers, James “Jim” Kirkendall and Kirk Kirkendall; father and mother-in-law, Virgil and Lorraine Parsley; and brother-in-law, Larry Silbernagel.

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December 27, 2020

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Community Church of Christ
502 Beall Street
Sloan, IA 51055

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