Dean M. Kirkman

Dean Milton Kirkman, 93, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, at The Windsor of Lawrence, KS.

Dean was born in Linwood, KS on March 26, 1927, to George and Alma Kirkman. When he turned 18 in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Philippines in the Pacific.

He married Johanna Coleman, a long time childhood friend from Linwood in September 1949. They had a daughter, Deana. She survives. Johanna passed away in October 2000 after 51 years of marriage.

Dean worked from 1949 until his retirement as the rural U.S. mail carrier for the Linwood area. He loved driving the mail route and experiencing the changing seasons. Dean traveled every summer with his family to many different states to visit relatives and friends. He enjoyed watching football and basketball games at Linwood High School. He played on the town basketball team for several years, coached girls’ softball and later enjoyed watching friends play slow pitch softball in Bonner Springs. He bowled on several teams in Lawrence from 1963 until the early 2000s. In 1988, Dean and Johanna moved to Lawrence to live closer to their daughter, Deana and her family. They joined First Baptist Church and were active members there for many years.

Dean married Patsy Anderson in January 2004. She survives. Other survivors are a grandson, Scott Bowen (Jarinthorn), Bangkok, Thailand, Kelly Bowen (Torrie Fassnacht), Lawrence, three great grandchildren: Koby Owen, Jonah Owen and Dylan Fassnacht all of Lawrence.

No public service is planned. A private gathering will take place at a later date.

Messages & Condolences

From Sonya Hughes...

He was a lovely man, and will be missed!

From Dawn Trent...

Dear Patsy and Deana,

That is a great photo of Dean, and makes us remember his smile so well! He was always so kind and friendly. I hope you both have many happy memories with Dean. God bless you both, and all the family. Dawn and Danny Trent

From Judy Gragg...

Patsy so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed you and Dean over the past few years so much and he was a fun man to be around. I know you’ll miss him immensely. Dick says he will sure miss singing the ol songs with Dean at the American Legion.

From Richard George...

Patsy so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed you and Dean over the past few years so much and he was a fun man to be around. I know you’ll miss him immensely. Dick says he will sure miss singing the ol songs with Dean at the American Legion.

From Sid and Nadine Snider...

So sorry to learn that Dean passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

From Janice Rake...

I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. I met him when I was officer-in-charge at the Linwood Post Office and he was the rural carrier. He was a dedicated worker and we formed a mutual respect and friendship. I offer my condolences. Peace be with you.

From Johnson and Nancy Shockley...

Patsy, we are so sorry to hear about Dean. We first met him when he joined our karate school more than 30 years ago. We lost contact for a few years and it was such a pleasant surprise when you two started coming to the OURS dances. We will miss him.

From Steven and Eva George...

Patsy and Deana, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. Dean was a good man and we will miss him.

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