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Raymond C. Vankirk, 84, Morris, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at St. Andrews Health Campus. Born Jan. 22, 1933, in Ripley County, he was the son of Edna (Eaton) and Cloyd Vankirk. He married Pauline Prickel March 2, 1957, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church and she preceded him in death Nov. 7, 1989.
Ray served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and after the service worked 48 years at Hill-Rom as a welder and supervisor. He was a member of Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and a former longtime member of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department.
Ray didn't know a stranger. He loved visiting with people. Even after health regulated him to a wheelchair, it didn't slow him down. He could be spotted riding around Morris in his chair and continued to attend church and civic functions. According to his family, he had a knack for being able to fix most anything, although they laughed that projects around the house were always the last to be finished, because items for friends and neighbors usually got fixed first.
Ray is survived by his daughter Rose Spaeth, Guilford; son Jim Vankirk, Morris; and two grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers Harold and Garold Vankirk.
Visitation is Monday, Feb. 6, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a 5 p.m. prayer service being conducted by Morris Fire Department members. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at St. Anthony's Church with the Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Batesville VFW Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. The family requests memorials to the Morris Fire Department or Monsignor Schmitz Improvement Fund.
Published on  February 3, 2017
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