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535 N. 5th St.
Breese, IL 62230
Phone: 618-526-7144
Fax: 618-526-4945
Dr. James A. Kirby



Visitation:  Monday, May 2, 2005      10:00-11:00 AM
                   St. Dominic Catholic Church, Breese
Services:   Monday, May 2, 2005      11:00 AM
                   St. Dominic Catholic Church, Breese



Dr. James A. Kirby, Ponca City resident, died April 29, 2005, at the Renaissance Assisted Living in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He was 91 and formerly of Breese 

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 2, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in Breese, Illinois at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Peter officiating.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Arrangements are made under the direction of Trout Funeral Home of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Moss Funeral Home of Breese, Illinois. 

Dr. Kirby was born December 7, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois to James T. Kirby and Elizabeth A. Keegan. He attended three elementary schools: St. Ignatius, St. Bernard’s, and St. Leo’s.  He attended Sullivan Senior High School in Chicago, Illinois and then Loyola Academy from which he graduated in 1931. He then attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, where he received his doctorate in medicine in 1939.  His internship was at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois.  

At a 4th of July party in 1931, he met his first wife, Virginia Albrecht, whom he married in 1941. He established his first practice in Skokie, Illinois. He then moved to New Haven, Illinois, where he practiced until 1965. During this time, Dr. and Mrs. Kirby had two children, Sheila Kirby Rahme and Thomas E. Kirby. After the death of his first wife in 1952, Dr. Kirby married Nellie Dever in 1957. They have one child, Gary Kirby. In 1965, the Kirby’s moved to Breese, Illinois. The Kirby’s lived in Breese until they moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2000.

During the years in New Haven, Dr. Kirby served as mayor, was a founding member of  the Egyptian Tri-County Health Department, served as President of the Parent Teacher Association, and also served on the local school boards.

 Dr. Kirby was always active in the Catholic Church. He enjoyed teaching religion classes, serving as Eucharistic minister, and volunteering for various activities, especially as crossing guard for the school children. 

During his time in Breese, Illinois he served as secretary of the Clinton County Medical Society for 20 years, was a member of the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and practiced medicine until his retirement in 1984.

Dr. Kirby’s special interests included watching sports events of all kinds, fishing, reading newspapers, working crossword puzzles and horseracing. He especially enjoyed coaching the junior legion baseball team while in New Haven. He recently, through the intercession of his son, Tom, was able to speak to noted persons in each of three areas of his interests: religion, sports, horse racing.  He received calls from Archbishop Gregory, Ernie Banks (baseball), and Pat Day (jockey). 

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Kirby at the Renaissance; three children, Sheila Rahme and husband George of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Thomas Kirby and wife Carol of Belleville, Illinois, and Gary Kirby and wife Rachelle of Pueblo, Colorado; and seven grandchildren, Virginia Rahme, Victoria Rahme, Dawn Rahme, Kelly Kirby, Emily Kirby, Madeline Kirby and R.J. Kirby.  

Honorary pall bearers will be Dr. Kirby’s granddaughters and the doctors and nurses of St. Joseph Hospital, Breese and the members of the Breese school crossing guards, Teachers of the Parish School of religion Program and the community of Mater Dei High School. 

 He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Kirby; his parents; two brothers, John F. Kirby and Edward Kirby; and his grandson, A.J. Kirby.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Dominic’s Catholic School or to the Mater Dei Scholarship Fund in Breese, Illinois.



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