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Wednesday December 30th, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Robert Keith Kirby

Robert Keith Kirby, age 49, of Portage, MI passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on November 1, 1971 the son of Robert R. and Linda (Sulivan) Kirby. Robert attended Portage Northern High School and was in the graduating class of 1989. Following high school, he honorably served in the United States Armed Forces in the Airborne division from 1991 until 1993. In 1996 Rob met the love of his life Amy and on August 16, 1997 the two were united in holy matrimony, they just celebrated 23 years of marriage. Rob was an awesome husband, father, and a master in the IT world. He was the smartest person anyone knew. He was resilient in everything he did. He made everyone feel like they had known him for years, he was extremely welcoming and had his arms open wide to anyone he met. He was loved by everyone, and we mean everyone. His kids meant the world to him and was constantly their #1 fan no matter what. Rob was also a member of the Board of Directors for the WMYSA soccer club. One of the biggest Star Wars fan there was and never ever turned his back on his Detroit Lions Team. He will be extremely missed by us all but will forever remain in our hearts. Rob is preceded in his passing by his grandma Pinkerton, Paternal grandparents: Samuel and Martha Kirby; Maternal grandparents: Paul and Ester Brooks. Left to cherish Robert’s loving memory is his wife: Amy (Adkins) Kirby, children: Ashley (Alex Ballentine) Kirby and Austin Kirby, parents: Bob and Linda Kirby, parents in-law: Harold and Bonnie Adkins; siblings: Brian Kirby and Cheryl Dupree; niece: Avery Kirby; and many friends. In accordance with the family’s wishes a public visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, MI 49002. ***Due to Covid 19 restrictions only 20 people will be allowed in the building at a time to pay their respects. Memorials made in Rob’s memory may be directed to his wife and children c/o Amy Kirby or the WYSMA Soccer Club. While at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign Rob’s webpage by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. Rob is being cared for at the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 (269) 344-5600.

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Rob you were my oldest son, oh how I miss you. You passing has torn my heart to pieces. You were a delight as a growing baby. Rob there was never a dull moment when you were in grade school and high school you were the man. I remember when you would ask me for something no matter how hard I would argue with you, it seems like you always won and I gave you what you wanted. My son you were a kind person to everyone. I could go on about what kind of a person you were. Now I have to quit because tears are running down my face . I love you and always will you will always be in my Heart and I have thought and I have missed you since you left and always will. Until we meet again my son may God Bless you and keep you close.

Robert R Kirby Jun 16 2021 1:44 PM

I love and miss Rob so much. I know that Illl see & be with him again. Until that day arrives, Ill remember all the things he did for me, family and everyone. I remember once when he was in middle school he called me to his room. When I got there I didnt see Rob anywhere. Then i saw his computer and I heard him say Mom, help me, Im suck in my computer and I cant get out. When he came out from behind the door he was grinning and smiling. Ill never forget the child he was nor the man he man he became:desktop_computer:

Linda Kirby Jan 3 2021 8:55 PM

Dear Amy & Family Dear Robert & Linda & family We were shocked and saddened to hear of Rob's passing. When we first moved to Portage in my kids' senior year, Rob was one of the first to befriend them. Rob was at our house often and it was a pleasure to have him around with his smiles and upbeat personality. One Halloween night Rob rang our doorbell and was wearing a scary monster costume and he thought it was funny that he scared me. Another time I was making candy and Rob tried some and wanted the recipe, I often wondered if he was still making that candy. Our hearts go out to you and prayers that God will comfort you at this difficult time. God's Blessings to you all, Tony & Gayle Piscitello

gayle m piscitello Dec 31 2020 4:28 PM

Rob was a great friend and was willing to do anything for you! We had such great time in our late teens and early 20's. Never a dull moment with Rob, he was always full of energy and ready for anything. We had such wonderful memories: Spring Break trips, playing sports, going to the lake, and just talking about life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kirby family. Rob's passion and kindness will be missed. Tony Piscitello

Tony M. Piscitello Dec 31 2020 2:36 PM

I have worked with Rob at Amerifirst for 9 years, Rob was a caring, helpful, nice person. Whenever I would see him in the office he was going at full speed and always had a smile on his face. Rob will be missed every day. Rob's family will be in my thoughts and prayers, I am so sorry for your loss. Norine Disbrow

Norine Disbrow Dec 30 2020 3:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Kirby

deCastro's Dec 30 2020 1:06 PM

Rob was just an awesome guy. He WAS the IT Dept when I started at Amerifirst. Any company would have been lucky to have a 1000 Rob Kirby's. So damn smart, always positive and kind. I enjoyed talking HS sports with Rob and you could tell he had so much passion about his kids competing. He will never be forgotten.

ERIC D ELLISON Dec 30 2020 11:18 AM

Emerald Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Robert Keith Kirby.

Dec 30 2020 9:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Kirby

Martin Rowley Dec 30 2020 12:44 AM

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Dec 28 2020 3:17 AM

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