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Harry Edward “Tom” Kirk, 86, of Independence, was born May 30, 1936, in Trenton, the son of Harry T. and Goldie M. Griffith Kirk. He departed this life Sunday, April 9, 2023, at the Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence surrounded by his family.

Tom was a 1954 Trenton High School graduate.

On February 17, 1956, he was united in marriage to Barbara Faye Whitten in Trenton.

Tom was a Service Technician first for Bock Truck and Tractor in Trenton and later for Knopke Brothers Construction Supply™s in Kansas City. He was a member of the Teamsters. He enjoyed singing and playing his guitar and watching old westerns. He especially enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, or just sitting outside with a glass of tea.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kimberly Farris; and two brothers, Gene Kirk and Lyle Kirk.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Independence; one son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Tammy Kirk of Independence; daughter and son-in-law, Krista and Richard Beard of Blue Springs; son-in-law, Joel Farris of Camdenton; four grandchildren, Megan Kirk (and Chad Driskill) of Pleasant Hill, Erin (and Tyler) Graves of Kingsville, Lindsay (and Justin) Walters of Richland, and Kirk (and Courtney) Farris of Nixa; ten great-grandchildren, Tyler Strahm (and Riley Anderson), Tanner Graves, Brody Graves, Allie Graves, Allie Walters, Bentley Driskill, Carter Walters, Miya Walters, Cooper Graves, and Dani Farris; two great-great-grandchildren, Tatum Strahm and Aspen Strahm; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill is in charge of arrangements.