WACO, TEXAS – Donald Ray Kirkindoll, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, January 20, 2011.
Born in Mt. Vernon, Texas, on January 1, 1932, he was the son of Charles and Rexie (Johnson) Kirkindoll. He attended Baylor University, where he met his wife, Shirley Thomas Kirkindoll. Mr. Kirkindoll then served with honor in the United States Army from 1951 to 1955 as a Captain of an Ordinance Unit in Europe. After graduating from Baylor University, he taught school for ten years. He then began working in the fledgling computer industry where he worked on collision avoidance systems for airlines and helped develop the first cell phone switch while at Northern Telecom. Upon retirement, he and his cherished wife of 59 years, traveled full-time in their RV, camping in all of the 48 contiguous states.
Mr. Kirkindoll’s highest priority in life was his family. Having made his profession of faith at 9 years old, he reared his children with the guidance of the Holy Bible and instilled in them the value of the church. He loved to laugh and sing, truly enjoying being with his friends and family as they did. He loved sports of all kinds, spending his life playing, coaching and watching them. He most recently loved to watch Lady Baylor Bears Basketball team. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and loved to greet each and every person who entered the door. Mr. Kirkindoll had a wonderful sense of humor, incredible integrity, and deep and abiding love for Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Shirley Thomas Kirkindoll, whom he married in 1951; three children, Dr. Michael Kirkindoll and wife, Donna, Jefferson, Donald W. Kirkindoll and wife, Jackie, San Antonio, Texas, and Dale E. Kirkindoll and wife, Liz, Baton Rouge, La.; five grandchildren, Julie Kirkindoll and David Kirkindoll, Jefferson, Don Kirkindoll and wife, Kriss, Columbia, S.C., Grayson Kirkindoll and Holt Kirkindoll, Baton Rouge, La.; and one great-grandchild, Natalie Kirkindoll, Columbia, S.C.
Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Bosque Funeral Home, Waco, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.