Richard J. Kirkham

Born: 09/25/1957 Passed:

Richard J Kirkham passed away peacefully on March 18, 2021 after a 20-month battle with cancer.  He was born in Alliance on September 25, 1957 to the late John F. and Lena R. (Zucchero) Kirkham.  Rick was a 1975 graduate of Alliance High School, served in the Army National Guard Reserves, and worked in the retail field at Thorne’s Foods, Buckeye Distributing for Red Bull, and Driveline merchandising. Rick spent many happy days building, flying, crashing, and rebuilding RC planes with many of his buddies.

In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by niece, Jill Elaine Klemens.

He is survived by his daughter, Kaley Sundt; sister, JoAnne (Joseph) Klemens; half-brother, John (Esther); niece, Julie (Tom) Setser; nephew, Bill (Lauren); two great nephews; many sweet cousins, and his flying friends at RC Centaur Club, where he served as past vice president.

Rick’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.  “Forever on airplane mode”. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society



5 Tributes to Richard J. Kirkham

  1. Mike DeGirolamo says:

    JoAnne and family,
    I am truly sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. Many years have passed since we all grew up together as neighbors, however I still cherish all the great memories our families shared! My prayers are with you and your family.

    • Edythe DeGirolamo Bowers says:

      Dear JoAnne (and family),
      I offer my deepest condolences to you following Rick’s passing. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve, and my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you in the days ahead.
      I am so glad I had a chance to know Ricky as we were growing up…he was a part of my carefree childhood days on Shunk Ave…it’s wonderful to have those memories to look back on now.
      Rest in peace, Ricky.

  2. Linda (Burkett) Huston says:

    Dearest Joanne and family, I can’t even begin to express how my heart aches for you. The loss of Ricky leaves another hole in the hearts of our family. My warm memories of him have been flowing through my mind lately. Our childhood together with all of our friends on Shunk Avenue were such happy times and those sweet memories brings a smile to my face, warms my heart and will always be a part of me. Ricky will always be in my thoughts and always in my heart forever!
    I love you Ricky and I will miss you, rest in peace sweet cousin XOXOXO ❤️

  3. Tina (Burkett) Rocci says:

    Dear Joanne and family: I’m so sad about the passing of Rick. Some of my greatest memories are of when we were kids on Shunk Avenue. Even though I was young when we moved away, I have vivid memories of some of the things we used to do. I remember trying to scare one of the neighborhood girls while she was doing homework. That and when we ran from Aunt Lena just to hear her call out, JOANNE! RICKY!!! Oh how he loved fried bologne sandwiches and orange HI-C. These are just a few of the great memories I have when we were kids. He was a great cousin, and brother. I will miss him terribly. RIP dear cousin.
    May the loving presence of our Lord Jesus comfort you, strengthen you and give you peace in this difficult time.
    He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find
    refuge. Psalm 91:4

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