George Edward Kirk

b. 30 July 1911, d. 25 July 1948

Father*Samuel H Kirk b. unknown, d. unknown
Mother*Sarah Ella Trader b. unknown, d. unknown
George Edward Kirk|b. 30 Jul 1911\nd. 25 Jul 1948|p86.htm|Samuel H Kirk|b. unknown\nd. unknown|p3415.htm|Sarah Ella Trader|b. unknown\nd. unknown|p3416.htm|||||||||||||

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Birth*George Edward Kirk was born on 30 July 1911 at Parkersburg, Wood Co WV. 
Marriage*He married Juanita Faye Deem, daughter of Moses Ellsworth Deem and Ruby Agnes Shepard, on 21 January 1932 at Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; Minister J E Elliott.1
Occupation*George Edward Kirk occupation in 1948 at Camden Ave, O Ames, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. 
Death*He died on 25 July 1948 at Washington, Wood County, WV, at age 36.2
Obituary*His obituary published on 26 July 1948 at Parkersburg News, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; OBITUARY - PARKERSBURG NEWS, MONDAY MORNING, JULY 26, 1948
George E. Kirk Is Third Victim In Eight Days, Washington, W. Va.
Man Loses Life In Swift Ohio River Waters, Perishes In Effort To Rescue Son, Kirk Tells Son To Return To Bank and Plunges In To Save Other Boy.
In a dramatic attempt to save the life of his son, the father of ten children lost his own life here yesterday afternoon in the swift, muddy waters of the Ohio River. The third drowning victim in eight days in the Parkersburg area was George Edward Kirk, 36, of Washington, W. Va., who perished at about 3:30 o'clock at an isolated spot about one mile from his Blennerhassett Heights home. Witnesses said he was drowned while attempting to rescue a son, Richard, 9, from the river. Richard was saved from drowning a few minutes later by his brother, Harold, 14. Harold related that his father had accompanied several members of his family and some other children on the swimming party near the mouth of Coal Hollow on the West Virginia side of the river and was sitting on the bank when his son Richard appeared to be drowning. The father swam into the river to save the child but was unable to do so, Harold said. FATHER DISAPPEARS Harold related that his father yelled to him to return to the bank. His father then disappeared beneath the surface, he said. Harold then swam to the bank, pulled a log into the river and swan to his brother, taking the log with him. By using the log the two boys returned to the shore, he said. Bill Kirk, son of the victim, and Sterling Munday, a neighbor lad, rode their bicycles down the highway to the Harless Grocery store about a mile away and notified the proprietor, Elmer Harness, of the drowning it was said. Dragging operations began about 4:30 o'clock under the direction of Sheriff W. C. Cochran and the body had not been recovered at dark last night. Harless said he called the state police, and the Parkersburg fire department was notified. Austin P. Modisett of the fire department drove to the scene with a resucitator and inhalitor. No equipment was available, however, for dragging operations and Modesitt returned to Parkersburg for the equipment. Modesift, Sheriff Cochran and Deputy Lawrence Burdette arrives at the scene with the dragging equipment about 4:30 o'clock and dragging operations began with two row boats being used. Later, Sheriff Cochran said, a flat boat from Lock 19, a few miles down the river, and other row boats joined in the search for the victim. Dragging operations were halted about dark, the sheriff said, and added that tomorrow a search will be made with a motorboat along the banks. Eight members of the Kirk family, ranging in age from four to 17 years were said to have been present at the scene of the drowning. Other children also were in the group, bringing the party to approximately a dozen members. The victim it was said was dressed in ordinary street clothes and was sitting on the bank when the son appeared to be in difficulty. The water where the drowning occurred was swift and muddy and depth of the water at the spot where the victim was last seen was about nine feet. The victim was employed by the Ames-Baldwin-Wyoming Co., of South Parkersburg and during the war was employed in Dayton, OH. His wife, Mrs. Faye Deem Kirk, his mother. Mrs. Ella Kirk of Parkersburg, and 10 children survive. Also surviving is a brother. Sam Kirk of South Parkersburg, and two sisters, Miss Marion Kirk of Wheeling and Mrs. Pearl Haverty of Parkersburg. The children are Eleanor, Harold, Jean, Bill, George, Gerald, Wayne, Romie, Macel Ann and Edna Mae. 
Burial*He was buried on 29 July 1948 at Lake Washington Road, Bethel Cemetery, Lubeck, Wood County, WV.3 
Headstone*Headstone on 30 July 1948 at Lake Washington Road, Bethel Cemetery, Lubeck, Wood County, WV.


Juanita Faye Deem b. 8 April 1915, d. 19 October 2008

Last Edited21 Oct 2009


  1. [S1] Wood County WV Marriage Record.
  2. [S2] Wood County WV Death Record.
  3. [S7] Obituary.