Stanley Ned (Stan) Kirby passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at St. Francis Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas after a year long battle with cancer. He was born in Missouri to Oll and Frances (Frankie) Kirby. He spent his adult life in Wichita, Kansas, where he became a self-made Businessman. His career began with selling Newspapers in his youth to selling Singer Sewing Machines across Kansas and Missouri which led him to his business in Insurance Sales, Financial Services and Investments. In his youth he was a yo-yo champion and a bat boy for the Wichita Indians, a semi-pro baseball team. His love for sales started when he sold newspapers as a boy where he became a multi-award winning salesperson. Stan graduated from Leon High School in 1956 where he was involved in football, basketball and track. As an adult, he was an avid golfer, enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching college sports with his wife, Bethene. He was a one-of-a-kind man, who spent his incredible life dedicated to providing for his wife and family. Stan married Kay Shamlin on May 20 1961. To this union was born one son, Brian. They divorced in 1976.
Stan is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bethene (Janeksela) Kirby, brother Gene (wife LaVerne) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, son Brian Kirby of Wichita, Kansas, son Ben Kirby of Carlsbad, California and daughter Ely (husband Tyler) McNair of Olathe, Kansas. Grandchildren Chris (wife Tyler) of Wichita, Kansas and Sarah (husband Carlo) Brewer of Wichita, Kansas and step-grandson, Remington McNair of Olathe, Kansas, three brother-in-laws and their families, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lois Highbarger.
The valiant spirit of our beautiful husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend has been set free into the powerful presence of God, Our Creator. His job on this earth of devotion, perseverance, hard-work, kindness and creativity has been completed. He will be Our Love, Our Shining Star, Our Mentor, Our Warrior and Our Friend, Forever. Farewell Our Love.
Family is Requesting No Flowers or Plants. Established Memorials: Salvation Army, Wichita, KS or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, KS. Thank You.
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