Richard "Rocky" L. Kirby


August 20, 1933 - January 19, 2015



Richard L. "Rocky" Kirby was born August 20, 1933 at Salem, SD to Charles and Blanch (Welch) Kirby. He grew up at Salem attending St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Salem High School.  On March 27, 1951 he married Juanita Kelley. They resided in Spencer where he owned Spencer Grain Company.  He served as Spencer’s Mayor for 10 years, served on the Spencer School Board and the city board for many years.  In 1999 he and Juanita moved to Mitchell where he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a long time member of the South East South Dakota Grain Managers Association. He was a proud Irishman, Democrat, an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Juanita, one son, Todd (Shelli) Kirby, Salem; two daughters: Nancy (Russ) Eich, Brookings; Colleen (Paul) Mentele, Alexandria; three sisters: Patricia Mader, Crooks; Janet Arens, Rapid City; Rose Anna Curtis, Austin, TX; sister-in-law, Loretta Kirby, Salem; eight grandchildren: Scott Eich, Kelly Mentele, Gregg Mentele, Nick Mentele, Kyle Kirby, Molly Nagelhaut, Morgan Kirby, MiKenzie Kirby and nine great grandchildren: Dylan Mentele, Brandon Mentele, Gage Mentele, Haliee Mentele, Isabel Mentele, Annalyn Mentele, Mikayla Eich, Madison Eich and Megan Eich.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Tom, Bobby, Charles, Elmer and one sister, Peggy Townsend, seven brothers-in-law: Joe Kaskie, Leonard Warner, LeRoy Kelley, LeRoy Muters, Bud Mader, Miles Curtis, Don Townsend, four sisters-in-law: Ruth Kelley, Eileen Kirby, Lorraine Kirby and Leona Kirby.



Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, January 23, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Jacque Schumacher on January 27, 2015
Juanita - I was so sad when Tom told me about Rocky. But I am so glad that Tom was able to be there for the service. I enjoyed seeing Rocky in December & so glad I took that extra time. God less you. Yiu are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by Andrea (Peggy's granddaughter) on January 23, 2015
Love and condolences to Juanita. My grandmother was so fond of Rocky and had such great stories to share. Such a memorable man.
Posted by Marcia and Ron on January 22, 2015
Our sympathy to all of the Kirby family. 1 John 2:25 (NIV) And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
Posted by Roseannacurtis on January 22, 2015
My sympathies to the family and sorry I cannot be there for the funeral.
Posted by Suzanne on January 22, 2015
uncle Rocky was always such a fun guy when we would come to visit or those wonderful family reunions. He will be missed. Our loving thoughts and prayers to aunt Juanita and family.
Posted by Janelle Hofer on January 22, 2015
Rocky always had smile and story to share. A friendly family man. RIP Rocky.
Posted by Cindy on January 22, 2015
So very sad to hear of Rocky passing away! I have many good memories of being at your house with Nancy and Rocky would always say, "How is Cindy June doing?" lol He will be missed by many. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to you Juanita and to Nancy, Colleen and Todd and all of your family.
Posted by Tim and Lisa Kirby on January 21, 2015
He truly is going to be missed! Our family and yours spent a lot of time together. I will miss when I would see him how he would always's Leese doing? Thinking of you Juanita and thee rest of the family! Our deepest sympathy!

Posted by Kim Bunger on January 21, 2015
My prayers for comfort are going out to all of the Kirby's!!!
Posted by Howard Heidelberger on January 21, 2015
I miss my Fishing Buddy. Thanks to the family for sharing Rocky with me, we have a lot of good memories of great fishing trips. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by The family of Bill Mentele on January 21, 2015
Deepest Sympathy from our family to yours. May memories flood your hearts with love during this difficult time. Prayers to all of you!
Posted by Pat and Terri Walz on January 21, 2015
Our sympathy to the family.
Posted by Richard and Carol Kunkel on January 21, 2015
So sorry to hear of Rockys passing. Remember the many years of doing business with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Dan and Vicki Lehrman on January 20, 2015
Our sympathies Juanita and kids.
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