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Donnie Kirst
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Feb 15, 2010
1:49 PM
I ran across this site while searching my familys history. I was last in tampico about 12 years ago with my grandmother Lee Ann Kirst, at the time there were alot of family members there but we dont know about now. just wondered how everyone was doing. my grandmother still talks about it and wishes she knew how to reach some body but the number she had for uncle donnie has'nt been in service for a long time. if anybody has any information i could give her it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Last Edited by on Feb 15, 2010 1:50 PM
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Feb 17, 2010
6:01 PM
The Prophetstown Echo just did an article on Donnie. He is in the Good Sam Nursing Home in Prophetstown, IL. He is still doing his art work.
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Feb 28, 2010
1:26 PM
I know Don Kirst quite well. I used to see him often when he lived in the apartment building, and now he is at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center at 310 Mosher Drive in Prophetstown, IL 61277. The phone number for the center is: 815-537-5175. He eats at the same table in the cafeteria with a very dear friend of mine.
We have many of his drawings at the Leon Church. He sent them out there for anyone who would like to take one home with them. I believe that he does several drawings every day.
Just call the home and they can get a message to him, or contact me at jag1939@thewisp.net and I will be glad to give him a message. I don't know if he has a phone in his room or not, but you can either write or call the above. He is very mentally alert and a joy to visit with.
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Feb 02, 2011
6:32 AM
Sadly, we lost Donnie on Jan. 31, 2011

Don Kirst - 77
4/22/1933 - 1/31/2011

Tampico - Don Kirst, age 77, of Prophetstown, Illinois and formerly of Tampico, Illinois died on January 31, 2011 at Prophets Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, Illinois.

Don was born on April 22, 1933 in Tampico, Illinois, the son of John and Grace (Houston) Kirst. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Lucille Goodell on June 1, 1963 in Tampico, Illinois. He worked at Chriest Garage in Tampico, Illinois for many years, Armour Packing House in Sterling, Illinois and Illini Beef in Joslin, Illinois during his lifetime. He also was an EMT for 21 years for the Tampico Fire Department. He enjoyed artwork and being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four sons Christopher Kirst of Lyndon, Illinois; Mike (Michelle) Kirst of Clinton, Iowa, Steve Kirst of Rushville, Illinois, Matthew (Sue) Kirst of Eldridge, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; one sister Gladys Krueger of Galesburg, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and one sister.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 5 at 9:30 AM at Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Deacon Bill Lemmer. A time of sharing will be held on Friday from 3 to 6 PM at Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Burial will be at a later date. A MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN HIS MEMORY TO HEARTLAND HOSPICE AND PROPHETS GOOD SMARITAN CENTER. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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