Philip B. Kirkwood, Jr.

LITTLE LAKE, MI. – Philip Boys Kirkwood, Jr., 75, of Little Lake, MI, died Friday afternoon, September 6, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had resided since July 25th.

Philip was born July 7, 1938 in Omaha, Nebraska to Philip Boys Kirkwood, Sr. and Margaret (Heller) Kirkwood and was a graduate of Creighton Prep High School in Omaha in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in 1961 and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. He served as the Calhoun County, Michigan Director of Environmental Health in the early 1970’s before working for the State of Michigan as the Director of the Department of Environmental Health from 1975-97. He was a past president of the National Environmental Health Association. Following his retirement from the state he started and operated for 10 years a Cruise Company Consulting firm that did food sanitation training and certification for several cruise lines, giving him the opportunity to travel all over the world.

Mr. Kirkwood was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gwinn and of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Lake Worth, FL, where he and his wife spent their winters. He was also a member of the Little Lake American Legion Post # 349, the Knights of Columbus Council #469 of Lansing, and was a Honorary Life Member of the 4th Degree K of C, was a past Grand Knight and State Director, was a member of the Fort Worth Eagles Club, founded the Little Lake Deer Camp Association in 1964 and was a member until 2012, and was a member of the Gwinn and Negaunee Historical Societies.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Joyce (Tenhunen) Kirkwood, one son, Daniel P.B. (Sheri) Kirkwood of Odenton, MD, one daughter, Julie J. (Jayson) Kotewa of Gwinn, 2 grandchildren, Eleanor and Philip Kirkwood, 1 step-grandson, Gabriel Kotewa, 2 brothers: Thomas R. (Joann) Kirkwood of Kansas, Michael J. (Teri) Kirkwood of Little Lake, a brother-in-law, Alfred Vampola of California, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Kae Vampola.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 12th at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gwinn with Rev. John J.Boyle officiating. Interment will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Baraga Room of St. Anthony Church from 10:30 AM until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans and the Negaunee Historical Society in Phil’s memory.

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