Kirk Jeffery Wood

09/21/1956 — 06/10/2006

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Sioux City, Iowa

Kirk Jeffery Wood

EINAN’S FUNERAL HOME Kirk Wood Kirk Wood died June 17, 2006, at Kadlec Medical Center. Kirk was born on September 21, 1956 in Sioux City, IA. He lived there until he joined the Navy in 1974. He served aboard the USS Tarawa and was honorably discharged in 1978. He moved back to Sioux City and married Paula Von Hagel on November 3, 1979. In 1985 they moved to Pasco and in 1988 he started work at United Nuclear Corporation, Richland, WA as a Operating Engineer. He later transferred to the Hammer Training Facility where he worked until 2005.

Survivors left to embrace Kirk’s memory are his daughters, Heather at home and Jennifer and her fiancé, Curt Mattila of Pasco; his father Leo Harriet Wood, North Sioux City, SD; his mother Diane Orville Eckstine of Burbank; a brother, Michael Wood, Omaha, NE; three sisters, Michelle Carley of W. Richland,WA; Pam Mark Heisler, Boise, ID; Nicole Packard, Sioux City, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kirk loved to go camping and fishing with family and friends, especially the yearly trip to Twin Lakes. He loved to help people and make them laugh. He will be missed by many.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday June 24, 2006, 1:00 PM at Einan’s Funeral Home 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA.

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  • Dear Paula, Jenny & Heather,

    This just breaks my heart to be signing this book.

    Having just lost Diane I know what you are going through.

    When something like this happens it just leaves a big void in your life. I know how much you all will miss him.

    Kirk was not only my Brother but was also a friend. I am really glad that we got the chance reconnect last February when he stayed with me for awhile after Diane’s passing . It gave us an opportunity to catch up with each other and have a laugh or two.

    Diane and I use to laugh how when she was home alone and Kirk would sometimes phone and give her prank calls. Kirk was always a good one for a joke or trick.

    Me and my boys will miss Kirk and the fun we had together when he visited.

    With Deepest Sympathy and Love Always…Uncle MIke

    Mike Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Omaha, NE, US
  • Jenny, Heather and Aunt Paula,

    My heart goes out to all of you at this time and in the days ahead. It is not easy dealing with all the emotions and the ups and downs…

    Kirk was a wonderful fun loving, and caring person. I am also glad back in February he and I got to spend a lot of quality time together.

    He was there for my father, my brothers and I when we needed him the most. I will always cherish the good times and the laughs with him.

    We can rest knowing that he is in heaven and I am sure him and my mom are giving each other a hard time and watching over all of us protecting us and being our Guardian Angels

    My Love from far away

    Matt Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Bellevue, omaha, NE, US
  • Kirk I will always hold close to my heart the last time I saw you and the hug you gave me and the words “I LOVE YOU MOM” I love you too son…..I will miss you terribly and I feel as if a part of me has gone with you. I know you are with Grandma and Jesus. MOM

    Dia'ne Eckstine
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • Dear Diane, our hearts ache for you in your time of deep sorrow. We didn’t know Kirk but it sounds like he was wonderful person. You know that his last journey will take him to a place we all will go someday so we are sure that you will see him again. Until then, you have wonderful memories to hold in your heart. We are thinking of you and sending you our love.

    Dick & Ellie Ostling
    November 4, 2014
    St., Petersburg, FL, US
  • We are so sorry for your loss. We all had a great time visiting with and getting to know Kirk in February. He spoke very highly of his daughters and it was very obvious how much he loved them. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Erik , Tiff, Emma, and Bennett

    Erik and Tiffany Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Lincoln, NE, US
  • God has not promised skies always blue. Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through. God has not promised sun with rain. Joy without sorrow. Peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day. Rest for the labor. Light for the way. Grace for the trials. Help from above. Unfailing sympathy-Undying love. To my brother, my friend, rest with the Angels, and know you were loved, and shall be remembered always!

    Sherry Sowienski
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, City, IA, US
  • I want to express my deepest sympathy to Kirk’s family for your loss. To those who knew Kirk, words cannot express how much he will be missed.

    Warren Baker
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, City, IA, US
  • Jenny and Heather, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ve only known your dad for a couple of years. In that time, I’ve come to know him as a kind and loving person who thought the world of his daughters. Don, Michelle, and I will always be here for you two.

    Jesee Turnbow
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • With Deepest Sympathy and Loving Memories to the Family –

    While most people are lucky to lay claim to one good friend throughout their lives, I was blessed to have had two best friends growing up; Kirk and Jimmy Moss. Even better, I was welcomed into both families with open arms, as if they were my own. The three of us spent so many hours together, I could probably write a book about all of the “adventures” we shared.

    If we weren’t out on our motorcycles, we were over at Mike’s working on the stock car in preparation for that next race. In fact, I got my first speeding ticket with Kirk. We were on our way home from school and he was driving his mom’s car; before the officer actually caught up to us, Kirk made a couple quick turns so we could switch places in the front seat. Once the ticket had been issued, we switched back and Kirk drove home. It may have been “my” first ticket but needless to say, Kirk paid the bill. It’s the thought of the moments such as these that can make me smile in the face of such an unspeakable loss.

    Throughout the course of our friendship, I can also credit Kirk with teaching me the meaning of true love, friendship, and family. Kirk was lucky enough to have found his true love early on and fortunate enough to have held onto that love long enough to have married her. He also made a point to always share how he felt with his family and friends; it wasn’t unusual to hear him say “I love you” to his family before he walked out the door, and the fact that he had friends from every “clique” and different schools spoke volumes for his take on friendship.

    Even though it’s been years since I’ve spoken to Kirk, he and Paula were on my mind.

    My heart is deeply saddened by the loss of Kirk but as with the loss of Jimmy so many years ago, it will never be fully broken – the happy, life long memories that I carry of them both will assure that they live on.

    I can only hope that all of you who were lucky enough to have known and been touched by Kirk can find similar comfort in the memories that you take with you.

    Jim Grego
    November 4, 2014
    Macedon, Rochester, NY, US
  • I WILL NEVER FORGET KIRKS LAUGH AND SMILE. WHEN YOU GOT TOGETHER WITH KIRK HE ALWAYS LAUGHED THAT LAUGH AND SMILED BACK AT ME. WE WERE FRIENDS AND ALWAYS WILL BE. HE WILL SAVE ME A SEAT I’M SURE.

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL. WE LOVED KIRK AND WILL MISS HIM.

    RICHARD VON HAGEL
    November 4, 2014
    ATLANTIC, IA, US
  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Kirk’s family, especially to his mother. I knew Kirk briefly, but with a warm memory of his wit and humor. He was my cousin. He shall be missed.

    Jeraldine Hill Hubbard
    November 4, 2014
    El, Paso, TX, US
  • Dear Paula, Jenny & Heather,

    This just breaks my heart to be signing this book.

    Having just lost Diane I know what you are going through.

    When something like this happens it just leaves a big void in your life. I know how much you all will miss him.

    Kirk was not only my Brother but was also a friend. I am really glad that we got the chance reconnect last February when he stayed with me for awhile after Diane’s passing . It gave us an opportunity to catch up with each other and have a laugh or two.

    Diane and I use to laugh how when she was home alone and Kirk would sometimes phone and give her prank calls. Kirk was always a good one for a joke or trick.

    Me and my boys will miss Kirk and the fun we had together when he visited.

    With Deepest Sympathy and Love Always…Uncle MIke

    Mike Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Omaha, NE, US
  • Jenny, Heather and Aunt Paula,

    My heart goes out to all of you at this time and in the days ahead. It is not easy dealing with all the emotions and the ups and downs…

    Kirk was a wonderful fun loving, and caring person. I am also glad back in February he and I got to spend a lot of quality time together.

    He was there for my father, my brothers and I when we needed him the most. I will always cherish the good times and the laughs with him.

    We can rest knowing that he is in heaven and I am sure him and my mom are giving each other a hard time and watching over all of us protecting us and being our Guardian Angels

    My Love from far away

    Matt Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Bellevue, omaha, NE, US
  • Kirk I will always hold close to my heart the last time I saw you and the hug you gave me and the words “I LOVE YOU MOM” I love you too son…..I will miss you terribly and I feel as if a part of me has gone with you. I know you are with Grandma and Jesus. MOM

    Dia'ne Eckstine
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • Dear Diane, our hearts ache for you in your time of deep sorrow. We didn’t know Kirk but it sounds like he was wonderful person. You know that his last journey will take him to a place we all will go someday so we are sure that you will see him again. Until then, you have wonderful memories to hold in your heart. We are thinking of you and sending you our love.

    Dick & Ellie Ostling
    November 4, 2014
    St., Petersburg, FL, US
  • We are so sorry for your loss. We all had a great time visiting with and getting to know Kirk in February. He spoke very highly of his daughters and it was very obvious how much he loved them. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Erik , Tiff, Emma, and Bennett

    Erik and Tiffany Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Lincoln, NE, US
  • God has not promised skies always blue. Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through. God has not promised sun with rain. Joy without sorrow. Peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day. Rest for the labor. Light for the way. Grace for the trials. Help from above. Unfailing sympathy-Undying love. To my brother, my friend, rest with the Angels, and know you were loved, and shall be remembered always!

    Sherry Sowienski
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, City, IA, US
  • I want to express my deepest sympathy to Kirk’s family for your loss. To those who knew Kirk, words cannot express how much he will be missed.

    Warren Baker
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, City, IA, US
  • Jenny and Heather, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ve only known your dad for a couple of years. In that time, I’ve come to know him as a kind and loving person who thought the world of his daughters. Don, Michelle, and I will always be here for you two.

    Jesee Turnbow
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • With Deepest Sympathy and Loving Memories to the Family –

    While most people are lucky to lay claim to one good friend throughout their lives, I was blessed to have had two best friends growing up; Kirk and Jimmy Moss. Even better, I was welcomed into both families with open arms, as if they were my own. The three of us spent so many hours together, I could probably write a book about all of the “adventures” we shared.

    If we weren’t out on our motorcycles, we were over at Mike’s working on the stock car in preparation for that next race. In fact, I got my first speeding ticket with Kirk. We were on our way home from school and he was driving his mom’s car; before the officer actually caught up to us, Kirk made a couple quick turns so we could switch places in the front seat. Once the ticket had been issued, we switched back and Kirk drove home. It may have been “my” first ticket but needless to say, Kirk paid the bill. It’s the thought of the moments such as these that can make me smile in the face of such an unspeakable loss.

    Throughout the course of our friendship, I can also credit Kirk with teaching me the meaning of true love, friendship, and family. Kirk was lucky enough to have found his true love early on and fortunate enough to have held onto that love long enough to have married her. He also made a point to always share how he felt with his family and friends; it wasn’t unusual to hear him say “I love you” to his family before he walked out the door, and the fact that he had friends from every “clique” and different schools spoke volumes for his take on friendship.

    Even though it’s been years since I’ve spoken to Kirk, he and Paula were on my mind.

    My heart is deeply saddened by the loss of Kirk but as with the loss of Jimmy so many years ago, it will never be fully broken – the happy, life long memories that I carry of them both will assure that they live on.

    I can only hope that all of you who were lucky enough to have known and been touched by Kirk can find similar comfort in the memories that you take with you.

    Jim Grego
    November 4, 2014
    Macedon, Rochester, NY, US
  • I WILL NEVER FORGET KIRKS LAUGH AND SMILE. WHEN YOU GOT TOGETHER WITH KIRK HE ALWAYS LAUGHED THAT LAUGH AND SMILED BACK AT ME. WE WERE FRIENDS AND ALWAYS WILL BE. HE WILL SAVE ME A SEAT I’M SURE.

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL. WE LOVED KIRK AND WILL MISS HIM.

    RICHARD VON HAGEL
    November 4, 2014
    ATLANTIC, IA, US
  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Kirk’s family, especially to his mother. I knew Kirk briefly, but with a warm memory of his wit and humor. He was my cousin. He shall be missed.

    Jeraldine Hill Hubbard
    November 4, 2014
    El, Paso, TX, US
  • My dear Dia’ne and family. My heart aches for you and your loss. Reminds me of how precious our loved ones are, and how to enjoy and cherish each moment we have with family and friends. Having lost 2 husbands, I know the pain seems impossible. But time will help ease the pain, but never really heal the wound. Live in the present, enjoy life, family and friends…that is the best tribute all can give to your loving son Kirk.

    Jeanne Zerbe
    November 4, 2014
    Hacienda, Heights, CA, US
  • It was a Pleasure and Honor getting to know Uncle Kirk better while he visited Omaha this year. We are so happy that Tyler got to meet his Great Uncle. They had so much fun together. Tyler asked for Uncle Kirk for weeks after he left Omaha. We had some good laughs and great times! We hope the Love and Memories will help you through this difficult time. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Brian, Wendi, & Tyler Wood
    November 4, 2014
    Omaha, NE, US