Richard L. Newkirk, age 57, Birmingham, Michigan, died February 27, 2010, in Delta County, Michigan as a result of a snowmobile accident. He was born May 5, 1952, in Columbus, the son of Harold J. and Rosa Lee (Emerson) Newkirk.
Dick graduated from Watkins Memorial High School in 1970, and Bowling Green State University in 1974. He retired in 2007 from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service. He loved boating and winter sports.
He is preceded in death by his father, Harold J Newkirk in 1998; and his grandparents, H. Lee Emerson and M. Gladys Emerson, Charles and Alberta Newkirk, Doyle and Gertrude Skeen.
He is survived by his mother, Rosa Lee Newkirk of Kirkersville and Sebring, Florida; his sister, Sally (Stephen) Barton of Washington, Illinois; niece, Jessica A Deeds (Seth Soja) Chicago; nephews, Jeffrey J. Deeds (Kayla Lanning) East Peoria, Illinois and Robert Barton Washington, Illinois; great-niece, Emma Deeds; aunts and uncles, Judy Emerson of Pataskala, Robert (Mary) Newkirk , Carol Skeen all of Bellefontaine, Ohio; Dorothea Lynd and Richard (Annabelle) Reelhorn, all of Pataskala; several cousins; friend, Irene Saites of Troy, Michigan; and former wife, Karen Newkirk of Northville, Michigan.
His family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Hoskinson Funeral Home, 285 E Main St. in Kirkersville and one hour prior to funeral services at the funeral home on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Dick will be buried in the family plot at Kirkersville Cemetery.
His family has requested that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions be directed to the Kirkersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Kirkersville, Ohio 43033. An on-line video tribute and guest register are available at www. hoskinsonfuneral.com.
Hoskinson Funeral Home is honored to care for the Newkirk family.