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Ohioan Richard Kirkpatrick dies at age 90

June 14, 2011

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Richard W. Kirkpatrick, 90, of New Holland, Ohio, died early Tuesday morning at Fayette County Memorial Hospital. In the mid to late 1970s he raced the tough pacing mare Courtney J p, T1:55.4, a favorite at Scioto Downs. Courtney J produced It's Courton p, 1:55.3f  ($331,874), a 31-race winner. Today Kirkpatrick's daughter, Jan, still carries on the Courtney J line with the mare's granddaughter Out Of Court p, 1:55.4f ($136,686).

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born January 1, 1921, in New Holland to Ansel W. and Erma M. Speasmaker Kirkpatrick and was a life-long resident of the New Holland community, where he was a 1939 graduate of New Holland High School. He was a 1942 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a second generation licensed embalmer and funeral director. He owned and operated the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland and Washington C.H. until his son, Roger, took over the business in 2001. He was a member of the National and Ohio Funeral Directors Associations.
He was the former long-time chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank in New Holland and Mount Sterling and currently was serving on the advisory board of The Milton Banking Company.
Kirkpatrick was a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church where, for many years, he was the Sunday school superintendent.
He served as a captain in the United States Army in the European Theatre of Operation in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany during World War II. He was a life member and finance officer of the former ARCH Post #477 of the American Legion in New Holland and currently was a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion; Burnett-Ducey Post #4762 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Voiture #888 of the 40 and 8.
He was a 65-year member of New Holland Lodge F. & A.M. #392; was a 32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Temple Shrine in Columbus and was a member and past president of the Washington Shrine Club. He was a member of Hillsboro Chapter #40 of the Royal Arch Masons; Hillsboro Council, #16 of the Royal and Select Masters and Highland Commandery #31, Knights Templar. He was also a member of the Washington Rotary Club; a 60-year member and last charter member of the New Holland Lions Club; a member of Washington C.H. Lodge #129 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and a former long-time member of the Washington Country Club. He was a loyal member of the morning Koffee Klatch group at the American Legion.
He is survived by his sons William (Diana) and Roger (Diana); daughter, Jan (Doug) Snyder; grandchildren, Brent (Sarah), Courtney (Jimmy) Hagler, Troy (Lynn), Cody (Deanne), and Elizabeth Snyder; great-grandchildren, Alexis (Lexi) Hagler, Emma Hagler, Cole, Hidy, Cali, Ian, Nate and Quinn; step grandson, Douglas Snyder; step great granddaughter, Annabelle; brother, Edward; sister-in-law, Lilian Ebert; brother-in-law, Pete (Madeline) Ebert; and his long-time companion, Bernice Brannigan. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Elizabeth E. Ebert; brother and sister-in-law, Ansel and Mary; brother-in-law, Dr. Ray Eugene Ebert; and a sister-in-law, Mary Frances.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Thompson, pastor at the New Holland United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the New Holland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 16, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Holland United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Nikki Sheets, 154 East Front Street, New Holland, OH 43145 or the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1430 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, OH 43160.

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