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Douglas Van Kirk

March 30, 1948 — April 3, 2024

Cheyenne


Douglas "Doug" Van Kirk passed away peacefully at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, at the age of 76, surrounded by his beloved family on April 3, 2024. Doug was born on March 30, 1948, in Sparta, Wisconsin to Jim and Jean (Hodgkins) Van Kirk. He attended East High School and later served in the United States Army from February 1968 until February 1970, achieving the rank of SPEC 5 and serving in Germany. He married the love of his life, Mary Lou Harper, on June 24, 1968.

Doug started his career at Plains A-Z Tire Company as a front end alignment tech, where he worked tirelessly from 1967 until 1989. In 1989, he transitioned to working at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in the 90th Trans as a heavy equipment mechanic, focusing on cranes, hummers, and various military vehicles until his well-deserved retirement in May 2012.

Known for his fun-loving personality and penchant for jokes, Doug was cherished by his family and friends. His kind and easy-going nature endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

In his free time, Doug enjoyed fishing, camping, listening to music, collecting model cars, and always had a joke ready to bring a smile to those around him. He will be remembered for his warmth, humor, and love for his family.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou, children Troy (Desiree) Van Kirk, Leslie (Brian) Wilson, and Ryan (Amy) Van Kirk, all of Cheyenne, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Dave, Jerry, Judy and Connie.

Doug's presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace knowing he touched the lives of many with his kindness and laughter.

A viewing will be on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and funeral services will be on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Schrader's Funeral Home with a reception to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
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Viewing

Friday, April 12, 2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home

2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001

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Funeral Service

Saturday, April 13, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Mountain time)

Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home

2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001

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Reception

Saturday, April 13, 2024

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Mountain time)

Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home

2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001

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