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June 24, 1928 - August 10, 2015
Lee Kirkwood, the son of Merseman Lincoln Kirkwood and Viola Clara Wright, was born in Los Angeles, California on June 24, 1928. Lee has excitedly answered the call from our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ to come home on August 10, 2015.
Lee served in WWII aboard two Merchant Marine Ships in the South Pacific. Lee once again served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief of America’s first jet fighters (F80) Shooting Stars during the Korean War. After the war, Lee worked at Rocketdyne experimenting with and developing America’s first space missile rocket. Following in the footsteps of his father, Lee joined the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years with the rank of Sergeant. The Los Angeles Police Department was the first police department in the USA to start SWAT and Lee was chosen to train as one of their original snipers. He was one of the innovators of the “Lady Beware” and “Neighborhood Watch” programs in the Crime Prevention section of the LAPD. Lee was also a nationally recognized expert on business and residential security.
Lee was an avid golfer: in Idaho, he played at Hidden Lakes (Idaho Club) and later at the Elks. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments: sculptor, painter, author, landscaper, stone mason, and wood-worker. He was a chaplain in California prison ministry and at Bonner General Hospital. He was a Bible teacher who excelled in the knowledge and teaching of the Book of Revelation.Lee and Vivian moved from Studio City, California to Hope, Idaho in 1992. They later moved to Sandpoint.
Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Kirkwood, his sister, Joanne Milliken, and his infant son, Jay.
Lee is survived by his wife, Vivian; his daughter, Dian (Daniel) of Priest River, ID; his son, Mitch, Odessa, TX; and his daughter Nora (Mike) of Sandpoint, ID. He is also survived by his brothers Chris (Delphine) Wright, Utah, and Steve (Miriam) Wright, California, and many nieces and nephews. Lee and Vivian have 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Lee’s Memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 20, at 1:30 p.m. at First Christian Church in Sandpoint, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee’s memory may be sent to the Luke Commission, P.O. Box 1335, Sagle, ID 83860.
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