Charles Preston Kirkwood, 86, of Clawson, died Aug. 24, 2007, at Heartland Health Center Oakland, Troy. He was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Morton's Gap, Ky., to Oscar and Alice (Berry) Kirkwood. Kirkwood was a resident of Berkley for 18 years and then Clawson for 38 years. He came to Royal Oak at about 10 years of age and attended Royal Oak High School. Mr. Kirkwood was a job setter with Burroughs (now Unisys) for 30 years and also drove a school bus for the city of Troy for 10 years. He was a very hard worker, always holding two jobs. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Berkley. He and his family enjoyed summer vacations at the Burroughs Family Resort. He was instrumental in teaching his children to play the bass, one of whom played professionally. He enjoyed being with his family more than anything else, and he was a huge Detroit Tigers fan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Bronze Star. Mr. Kirkwood was predeceased by his son, Steven Kirkwood, and a daughter, Wilma Webb. Surviving are his wife of more than 60 years, Grace (nee Acton); two sons, Ronald (Marlene) and Donald (Connie); six grandchildren, Christine Mikesell, Taylor Kirkwood, Preston Kirkwood, and Chris, Danny and Rick Webb; 16 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. today at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy with Elder Thor Mikesell officiating; burial, White Chapel Cemetery Troy; memorials, World War II Memorial Fund.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Aug. 27, 2007.
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