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George is one of the nicest persons I’ve had the pleasure knowing. Sure going to miss seeing him at church. R.I.P. my friend and thank you for your service.
Dearest Kirts Family,
I was so very sorry to read that George has passed away. I worked with both George and Mary for many years at IN/DWD and have some of my best life-memories during that time of working and playing along side George and Mary. Reading George’s announcement – I chuckled when I read in reference to dress attire being casual since George was so ‘laid back’ is the understatement of the century! No matter how swamped with client’s or busy with the unending forms that needed to be filled out, George was always ‘cool as a cucumber’. He never sweated the small stuff and both he and his sweet Mary shared with me their abundant knowledge of all things ‘State related’ to help me through the beginning stages of learning how to be a great CM. I remember George for his comedic timing and how he could deliver some real zingers. I would hide in my cubicle laughing until the tears ran down my face. George was a perfect gem among many at DWD – I was struggling as a single mom of 2, and my car broke down for the last time. Without George and Mary’s generosity, I wasn’t sure how I would get back and forth to work – George gifted me with his old 2 door Bronco. Oh my gosh! How the girls and I loved that vehicle – we had to climb up hanging onto the side mirror as leverage to get in and as the Bronco was higher than most cars, the girls and I would squeal with delight as we sped down the road, while other drivers saw us coming and got out of our way! From that time on, she (Bronco) was known as ‘The Beast’.
George, you are a true patriot, a true friend, and you are loved, and now missed by so many. I count myself as one of the very lucky ones to have been a part of your fabulous life. Love ya, Georgie XXXOOO
Dear Mary & Dee & the rest of George’s family ,I send my deepest condolences for your loss of George. May all your memories get you through this difficult time.May he rest in heavenly peace and fly high with the angels.
Planted in your honor, George. See you in Heaven soon but until then I’ll be missing you.
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George D. Kirts passed away peacefully on April 7,2023 with his family at his side at St Francis Healthcare
Hospital East. He was born February 14,1949 in Lafayette to the late Russell and Coy Lowery Kirts. He
was a 1967 graduate of Lafayette Jeff and graduated from Purdue University in 1971 with a BA in Social
Studies Education. George worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for approximately 5 years. He was an Air
Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1974, as a military historian. George worked
for thirty years at Indiana Workforce Development as a Veteran’s Service Representative. He was a
member of American Legion Post 11, VFW Post 1154, and was an active member of the Tippecanoe
County Democratic Party. He married Mary Sanford on July 14,1990.
His hobbies included car shows, writing, painting, tinkering, antiquing, yard work especially planting a
variety of flower bulbs and playing with his dog “Ollie”. George had been an editorial writer for the
Stars and Stripes, A national veterans’ publication.
He was able to go on the trip of a lifetime on the Honor Flight with his daughter, Danielle in 2022 to
George is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary, a daughter Danielle (Andy) Hull of Lafayette, son Adam
(Amy) Sanford of Germany, and nine grandchildren Alexander “Lex” Hull of Kansas City, Trinity Hull,
Abbie Sanford, Nic Sanford, Aidan Sanford, Lincoln Sanford, Olivia Sanford, Ace Sanford, Ava Sanford. He
is also survived by a brother John (Laura) Kirts of Tennessee, and his best buddy Jim Lewis. He was
preceded in death by his son Joe Sanford, his sisters Cheryl Holladay and Lilly Davis and a brother Jim
George was a laid-back man so casual dress is perfectly fine. Funeral services will be at 2pm Thursday
April 13,2023 in the funeral chapel at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens with Pastor Joe Park officiating.
Friends may call from noon until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral chapel. Burial with
military graveside rites at Montmorenci Cemetery will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Flight of Greater Lafayette PO Box 4782 Lafyette, IN 47903 or Evergreen Wesleyan Church Food Pantry 1525 Grove St. Lafayette, IN 47905.
Tippecanoe Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
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