David George VanKirk, age 70, of Liberal, Missouri passed away April 07, 2019, at University Of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, Kansas.

David was born April 1, 1949 in Liberal to Arthur McClellan and Marjorie Maxine (Coffey) VanKirk. David served his county in the United States Army and was commended for heroic acts of valor in combat. He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal with the "V" Device and the Purple Heart Medal along with a number of other commendations.

David wore many hats during his years in the work force and retired as the Senior Officer for the Liberal Police Department after a 30 year long career. David was a member of the Christian Church of Liberal and had been a member of the American Legion and VFW for over 30 years. Above all, David was a devoted father, brother and friend.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer VanKirk and a son, Michael VanKirk, both of Liberal, Missouri; siblings, Beverly Fleharty, Fort Scott, Kansas, Jean Taylor, Pittsburg, Kansas, Judy (Bill) McManis, Pittsburg, Kansas, Jimmy (Julia) VanKirk, Mulberry, Kansas, Donna Cobler, Liberal, Missouri, and Dixie Hayes, Owasso, Oklahoma; and one granddaughter, Winter Rose VanKirk, Liberal, Missouri.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Jack VanKirk and Bob VanKirk, three sisters, Bonnie VanKirk, Rebecca VanKirk, and Dorothy VanKirk.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Christian Church of Liberal, Missouri.

Services will be 2:00 pm , Tuesday, April 16, 2019 also at the Christian Church.

Contributions are suggested to Lymphoma Research Foundation in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#3 Rifle, Co.sheila stewart 2019-04-19 18:31
David was so much fun to talk to and such a jokester. To the family, I am sad to hear of your loss. We lived in Liberal for 17 years on main st, and David never failed to stop and joke around about my crazy squirrels and never missed a chance to smile and laugh when I would see him at Casey's. Jeff and my condolences, and God bless your loved one and may he be greeted with open arms.
#2 Owasso, OKDixie VanKirk-Hayes 2019-04-13 06:17
I know you are in a better place, and no longer in pain, but that does not discount the pain and sorrow we are now feeling. In so many ways your personality seemed bigger then life. You never showed you were ever afraid of anything. Even with your illness, you were a trooper and took care of others that needed you.
You’ve been a great older brother, and you will be greatly missed! Love you big brother! RIP
#1 Mulberry , KsJulia Vankirk 2019-04-09 23:45
You will be greatly missed!! I’m glad you are no longer suffering!!! I wonder what it was like when you were greeted at the gate. Julie (Brat) and Jimmy. Special love, comfort and strength to you Mike and Jennifer and extended family.

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