James Timothy Kirkpatrick, “Tim,” died peacefully at home surrounded by his much loved Labrador Retriever, Jake, and loving wife and daughters on March 7, 2018, in College Station, Texas at the age of 77.
Tim is survived by wife, Barbara Alice Kirkpatrick; children, Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick (and husband Mark), Amy Kathleen Castillo (and husband Joe), Thomas William Washam (and wife Laura); Castillo grandchildren, Micah Becal, Adam Emil, Alaina Faith, and David Estephan, as well as Alejandro Liam Martinez; brother, Thomas Michael Kirkpatrick (and wife Gina); and cousin Joseph Meyer (and wife Cathy). He is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Craig Kirkpatrick; parents, Charles William and Pauline Thomas Kirkpatrick of Circleville, Ohio; and aunt and uncle, Maryellen and Lloyd Meyer of Stoutsville, Ohio.
James Timothy Kirkpatrick was born on September 22, 1940, in Circleville, Ohio, at Burger Hospital, to Pauline and Charles Kirkpatrick. He graduated from Ohio University in 1967 with a bachelor of science in education; and almost completed a master’s degree in college student personnel while employed at OU. He also served in the United States Army between 1962 and 1964, stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He married Barbara Alice Samuel, his high school sweetheart, a registered nurse, in 1964 and again in 2012. He worked at Ohio University for 40 years in multiple positions, the longest serving in the Office of Admissions, with retired status as Associate Director of Emeritus of Admissions. His children remember him as a caring, patient, results-oriented father who encouraged them to pursue their goals, with higher education, family and friends as prominent values. “Dad was always a loving father, often to the rescue, but also teacher and professional coach when we needed it.”
Tim was an accomplished professional and enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and community leadership; and often volunteered in the community and on campus at Ohio University. It was important to him to be of service to others and to give back, whether that be caring for the land, or caring for people. He was a generous, witty and dedicated individual who loved to encourage young people to earn their education and challenge themselves beyond what they believed possible. He was also passionate about the environment and animals, earned multiple awards with his trained Labrador Retrievers, and would rather be outdoors than inside any day.
A private memorial is scheduled for Friday, March 9th, at 6 pm at Hillier Funeral Home in College Station, Texas. Reverend Tommy Myrick from Christ United Methodist Church will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Circle Area Humane Society, PO Box 784, Circleville, Ohio, 43113 or Pickaway County Animal Shelter, 21253 Ringgold Southern Rd., Circleville, Ohio, 43113. Condolences may be sent to URL or 3922 Incourt Lane, College Station, Texas, 77845. The family would like to thank Encompass Home Health & Hospice, Park Place Assisted Living, as well as caregiver and friend Ms. Rachel Dorn and the many others that cared for Tim over recent months and years.