Robert “Rip” Lee Kirksey II

Born: 07/23/1947 Passed:

Robert “Rip” Lee Kirksey II, 70, departed life June 12, 2018.  He was born in Alliance, Ohio on July 23, 1947 to Alice Rose Bogan Kirksey and Robert Lee Kirksey I.

He graduated from West Branch High School in 1965 where he played football, basketball, and ran track.  On September 23, 2017, he was honored and inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame as the first Warrior Chief.  He graduated and received a bachelor degree in history from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam.  Robert retired from the Federal Government after 30 years.

Robert had a sense of humor, was gifted with charisma and was opinionated.  He had a special love for family.  He loved the art of cooking.  Cooking was a passion for him, especially cooking for Shirley.  His passion for cooking was also enjoyed by friends and family as he entertained them at every opportunity.  He enjoyed reading.  His favorite pastimes were watching TV and cruising through the Alliance community speaking, waving and conversing with people he knew.

Robert and Shirley developed a bonding friendship, married in July 1987 and for 30 years they adored their special, loving and caring journey.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Darlene D. Robinson.

From his first wife, Donna Lopez, Robert is survived by his loving children Robin R. Kirksey, Robert Lee Kirksey III (Kimberly) and Scott Bogan Kirksey (Angie).

He is survived by 8 siblings, Dwight R. Kirksey (Sandi), Gwendolyn J. McGarrity, Candace R. Kirksey, Charlotte S. Bryant (John), Wendy J. Williams (Lenzie), Dorothy D. Kirksey (Earl), Mark D. Kirksey (Joyce), Randi C. Dulaney, a brother-in-law Michael Robinson (Darlene), 14 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

He has a surviving aunt, Lucille Lilly and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephew, cousins, friends, and acquaintances.

A service Celebrating his life will be held Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Butler Rodman Park Lions Pavilion, 2295 W. State Street in Alliance, Ohio.

 

 

3 Tributes to Robert “Rip” Lee Kirksey II

  1. Bonnie Massie-Young says:

    Many fond memories of Robert, but the 2 that come to mind are…
    1) he loved to cook for his wife Shirley and had a spread of delicious food for family and friends when she retired.
    2) a trip to visit Robert & Shirley with another niece of theirs, Robert expressed in a profound manner his understanding, love and support of the Massie temperament. We laughed and laughed and laughed to the point of crying.
    What an enjoyable shared moment knowing that Robert embraced us even through our quirks .LOL

  2. Lainie Weir Hetrick says:

    RIP. Was quite an inspiration to many ! I grew up with his siblings at West Branch. Loved his mama Alice. That entire family was a wonderful group ! WBHS Class of 73 ….Lainie (Weir) Hetrick. My prayers are with the Kirksey family. God Bless

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