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William Robert “Bob” Kirby

FORT WORTH-William Robert “Bob” Kirby passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 78.
Requiem Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church, 4201 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76119. Visitation: Private visitation for family only from 8 to 8:45 Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church. Public visitation for friends: 8:45 to 9:50 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Church.
Interment: Bob will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas.
Vigil: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with a reception to follow at 3 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza, 3320 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Bob’s name to St. Timothy’s Church, 4201 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76119
William Robert “Bob” Kirby was born August 3, 1940 to the late Robert Spurlock and Millie Marie Watts Kirby in Dallas, Texas. Bob was deeply proud of his service in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1965, and was well known for his love of Texas. He was raised by loving parents, married the love of his life, and raised and nurtured his two daughters, of whom he was very proud. He was a respected Air Traffic Controller, and he maintained many of those deep friendships until the day he died. The pinnacle years of his life were the ones he shared with his grandchildren. Bob served his church with dignity and respect as MC. Generations of men will follow his example for years to come. Bob had a deep impact on every person he encountered throughout his life. He had a way of making every person feel like they were awesome. He always understood the value of relationships, and that time spent with someone is of utmost importance. Even after his illness began, he never lost that infectious smile of his. He fought a tough fight because he knew how much he was loved.
Bob’s hobby, interest, and obsession was experiencing his grandchildren grow and achieve. His grandchildren were his rock stars, and he was their number one fan. Anyone who knew him knew how committed he was to his beloved grandchildren. He also loved keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, Texas milestones, and a multitude of other important dates. He worked very diligently every day to make sure he never forgot an important event. Bob and Gloria also made a mission out of going to see homebound church members and friends who needed something, or just needed a visit.
Survivors: Loving wife of 55 years, Gloria Fay Crow Kirby; daughter, Sheri Diane Kirby Shannon; daughter, Deborah Michelle Kirby Birchfield; son-in-law, Vance Birchfield; grandson, Alec Logan Birchfield and wife, Courtney; grandson, Hagen Robert Fryrear; grandson, Shane Kirby Birchfield and wife, Amanda; granddaughter, Kasey Marie Birchfield; grandson, Palmer Bradley Fryrear; great grandson, Jax Logan Birchfield; and many friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Robin Cornwell

    May the family find comfort in each other, friend and our Lord, Jesus Christ. We rejoice that Bob is with the Lord and completely healed!
    Love,
    Brahm & Robin Cornwell

  2. Shannon Womble Stubbs

    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. We will be praying for your family.

  3. Gloria

    I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Bob for many years. We shared many happy times as members of the same crew at DFW. It was with great sadness that we learned of his passing. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim and Cathi Lombard

  4. I am a richer man for having known Bob Kirby. I remember fondly all the times that we served our Lord together at the altar at St. Timothy’s. I always admired him, for he was a man of great faith, great conviction, great love, and a great friend! May Light Perpetual shine upon him and may God grant hope and comfort to you all!

  5. Gay Springfield

    Beautiful life. So glad he was a part of mine. I’ll. Never forget Bobby. Love and prayers for Gloria and the girls.

  6. Gloria,
    Sad to her about Bobby’s death. My condolences to you and your wonderful family.
    Brenda (Winton) Clark

  7. Sad to here im Praying for the Family,Bob was a Very Good person.And had the Nicest Smile.Mrs.Glrioa im always still here for you..

  8. Gloria,
    Our condolences on the loss of your awesome Bob. We won’t be able to make the service this week. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Rick and Terri Ervin

  9. Marilyn Strother

    Gloria
    So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers

  10. Sure did love this awesome man! I will always cherish the times spent laughing and telling stories. He always made me feel like part of his family. The world is a better place because of him!

  11. Linda Walters Repass

    I remember Bobby as a fun-loving and special person. Alice and I (and other Englewood friends) were proud of our part in encouraging your relationship. You and he didn’t need us. It was love at first sight. My sympathy for your family.

    Love,
    Linda

  12. So very sorry for your loss Gloria, 2 sweet daughters, & all your precious grandchildren & great grandchild!! All of you are in my thoughts & prayers!! May God comfort & heal your broken hearts!!

  13. I had the pleasure of raising my family across the street from the Kirby’s for 14 years before I moved away in 2006… What a precious gift to this world Bob was! A caring and compassionate fellow Texan whom I always admired! Words can not express how sad my wife and I are that we have to say goodbye to Bob… His example of what it means to be devoted to his family will always be my inspiration…
    Gloria, Debbie and Sherry.. May God comfort you and your families during this time! And thank you for sharing Bob with me and my family! He will NEVER be forgotten!
    So long my fellow Texan! Until we meet again, go rest high on that mountain! You are safe in the loving arms of Jesus forever!

    Jeff and Sheila O’Dell

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