John Edward Kirk II
The world got a little less bright and a hell of a lot less fun on Jan. 21, 2021, as John “Meatball” Kirk was called home to join his Pops, family and friends for an endless road trip in the sky. We suspect he’s already pissed off his Pops several times or more by now. If there are traffic cops in Heaven, he’s probably lost a few points on his license already and been told by the Big Man personally a time or two to slow it down.
John was born in Williamsport, PA on Dec. 6, 1985, to John E. Kirk and Janet V. (Smith) Kirk . He passed on Jan. 21, 2021 at his home in Lewistown, PA with his wife Nina Kirk by his side.
In his early years, John attended elementary schools in Brooksville, Florida and in the Lewistown area, where he enjoyed playing peewee football and baseball; he was big for his age and it usually took two to three boys to tackle him if he had the ball. He graduated with Honors from Indian Valley High School in 2004, where he was active in 4H, FFA and Boy Scouts. He attended Penn State on an FFA Scholarship for a year and a half, earning a PhD in partying and a minor in girls.
John later worked a variety of jobs in the Lewistown area and lived with his mom and step-dad for several years in Great Falls, Montana and later in the Thebes, Illinois area.
John married Nina on April 20, 2013 in Lewistown. They provided Hospice care for John’s Pops in 2015, loving him, caring for him and keeping him at his home to the very end.
John worked as a sales advocate for One Stop, Verizon and Cricket for over thirteen years, helping thousands of folks in the Lewistown area with all of their cell phone needs. John was a consummate sales professional and would have been fully capable of selling air conditioners to Eskimos. However, John did not take that approach; instead, he took the time to get to know his customers, learn their needs and then sold them the best product to meet those needs.
Above all, John was a great friend and a loving husband, step-dad and son (although he could certainly drive his parents batcrap crazy). If you were a friend in need, he would give you his absolute best. He had a way of relating to anyone, and his sense of humor could make the sourest of sourpusses laugh. He was that kind of a man. John will be forever missed and never forgotten.
John is pre-deceased by his Pops, John Kirk; by his maternal grandmother Marie McHone ; his maternal great-uncle Keith Smith and by good friends Austin Kauffman and Dave Culver. He is survived by his wife Nina Kirk and stepdaughter Jordyn Kauffman; his mom and step-dad Janet and Brad Bradley; his step-brother Doug Kirk; his niece Andrea and her four children; his maternal grandfather Gary Smith; his maternal uncle Gary “Denny” Smith; his maternal great-uncle and God-father Ronnie Smith; his paternal aunts Marlene Miller, Donna Hopple, Judy Pandel and Mary Steele; numerous cousins and a universe of friends.
A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, starting at noon at Centre Union Church, 470 Caldwell Hill Road, Lewistown. Food and drinks will be provided, but please feel free to bring a side dish if you wish. Instead of flowers, a Go Fund Me site has been set up for Nina for anyone who wishes to make a donation in memory of John (just Google Go Fund Me and search for Nina Kirk). We look forward to seeing John’s family and friends at his Celebration Of Life. Please come share Meatball stories, laughs and tears with us.