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2017-03-09

Wallace Braxton Kirkpatrick

1921-2017

On Friday, March 3, the world lost a man with integrity at his core who took responsibility for his part of the world. Wallace B. Kirkpatrick was born on January 19, 1921, near Reagan, in the Brazos River bottom, as he described it. Known to family as Wallace; to friends as Kirk; Daddy and Pop to his children, their children and their children.
Mr. Kirkpatrick served his country through Civil Service at Fort Sam Houston and Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, a logistics specialist coordinating people, planes and supplies to Viet Nam for that war and to NASA in Houston for use in astronaut training. He served through Military Service during World War II in the Army Air Corps, including 28 months as a German POW and the Korean War in the United States Air Force, managing a supply depot near Chataureux, France.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was a devoted churchman: an elder in the PC (USA), active at Los Angeles Heights Presbyterian Church when the family lived in San Antonio and among the founding members of Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church.
He loved his family and expected the best from his children and wanted the best for them. Their daddy encouraged with wit, edged with light sarcasm and a smile. He taught them how to ride bikes and repair them, how to roller skate and hit a softball. AND he had the potential of frightening potential high school dates of his three daughters. With a well-appointed garage and workshop, Pop provided solutions for everything from fixing a faucet, to building a playhouse, to building an actual house for his family. All of his children went off to college with a fully equipped tool box!
Mr. Kirkpatrick was loved and respected as a leader and a problem solver. The space he is leaving is a large one. We hold faith that he is now with his beloved wife and, most likely, working on some improvement project, too!
He is survived by his daughters, Melissa B. Kirkpatrick, Joe–Beth Kirkpatrick, Tara L. Kirkpatrick (Tim D. McKee); son, James B. Kirkpatrick (Nan); grandchildren, Erin W. Gooldy, Joshua B. Barr, Christopher H. Braithwaite, Sibyl L. Kaufman, Brendan J. Kirkpatrick–McKee and David B. Kirkpatrick; great-grandchildren, Abigail M. Gooldy, Galen R. Gooldy, Leyland W. Gooldy, Jackson R. Barr, Cameron L. Barr, Maxwell W. Kaufman, Elaina C. Kirkpatrick, James D. Kirkpatrick and Ayden R. Kirkpatrick.
Pallbearers are Joshua B. Barr, Christopher H. Braithwaite, Tim D. McKee, Brendan J. Kirkpatrick-McKee, Robert Flores, Matthew H. Kaufman and David B. Kirkpatrick.
A Visitation will be held 3 to 5 pm, Thursday, March 9, at Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.
A Final Visitation will be held at 12 pm, Friday. March 10, at Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 1 pm, Friday, March 10, at Sunset Memorial Park with United States Air Force honors and Vernon Brinkley, officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, WWII Memorial, Washington DC or the Bandera Animal Rescue Group.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.