At age 87, Delbert Kirby passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017, after battling Alzheimer’s Dementia, for more than 10 years. He was born on March 16, 1929 in Michigan to Lena Wooden Kirby and Joseph Henry Kirby “Buster”.
His parents later moved to Bardwell, Kentucky where he grew up on a thriving farm, rich with all types of vegetables. One of his favorite stories as a little boy was how he taught a rooster to balance on the handlebars of his bicycle. Due to his immense love for his parents and Kentucky, he made many road trips to Kentucky, after moving to Texas. For years, he also traveled to reunions to visit his cousins in that area.
He joined the Army as a young man and was stationed in Alaska, sleeping outside in temperatures dropping to 40 degrees below zero. He considered it an honor to serve his country.
After leaving the service he moved to Texas and developed a career in radio broadcasting. In 1962, Jane Dobbs, an attractive redhead, caught his eye, while both worked at a radio station in Big Spring, TX. Within three months, they married. His career as a talented journalist blossomed, in which he performed various roles: broadcasting live basketball games; writing news stories; selling radio advertising; and working as a radio manager. In the fall of 1979, he established and managed his own FM Radio Station, KHOC, and his wife contributed as a journalist, as well.
As a devoted father, he took great pride in his three children: Sandra Bruce, Steven Kirby, and Kevin Kirby. Even though, he usually worked two jobs, he always made time to play baseball with the boys, and attend the children’s activities. Despite the devastating memory losses of Alzheimer’s, he maintained the memory of his children. He was also a loving grandfather to Adam and Emily Bruce; and James and David Henson.
He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education, while working full time. This was an accomplishment which he deeply valued. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a generous, loving man.
His services will be 2 pm, March 15, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Duncanville, TX. A graveside service will be held in Bardwell, KY at Rose Lawn Cemetery on March 17, 2017. The time will be determined later. He will be buried beside his parents.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Alzheimer’s Foundation at: www.alzfdn.org.