Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Kirk Moshier, it is easy to see that there was nothing that brought him greater joy than being surrounded by his family. He worked hard and truly enjoyed his work, but he also took the time to enjoy life along the way. Later in life he was filled with unspeakable joy to become a grandfather as Kirk’s grandchildren were the light of his life. Active and fun-loving, he was forever on the go. He will be deeply missed, but Kirk’s family and friends will forever hold his memory near and dear to their hearts.
It seems only fitting that Kirk’s journey began during a time that was as vibrant as he was. It was the 1960s when civil rights were in the forefront of our nation’s news while we elected the young John F. Kennedy as our 35th President of the United States. This was a truly exciting time in our nation since by the end of the decade we were victorious in the space race with the Soviet Union when we put the first man on the moon. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great celebration in the lives of Michael and Jan (Allen) Moshier as they were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Kirk on September 19, 1962, in Vicksburg, Michigan. Although a mistake was made on his birth certificate naming him as Kirt, he has always gone by the name his parents gave him, Kirk. He was the middle of three children to be raised in the family home in the Arcadia neighborhood of Kalamazoo alongside his older brother, Kevin, and his younger brother, Keil.
In many ways Kirk was a young boy of his generation. His father worked as a police officer for the City of Kalamazoo while his mother focused her attention at home. Kirk was an adventurous and active boy who could often be found out playing ball with the neighborhood kids. On one occasion, he helped raise three orphaned raccoons until they were old enough to be released to be on their own. As a family they did a lot of traveling, and over the years they went all over the United States, visiting most of the national parks. Kirk attended Kalamazoo Central High School where he was on the swim team. After graduating in 1981, he attended Western Michigan University and received his Bachelors in Business.
Life was forever changed for Kirk when he met a young woman named Sarah VanEvery. They met while working at Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home as he was also going to school. She was a fellow coworker, and they began dating. In time, Kirk and Sarah were married on May 31, 1986, at Wyoming Park United Methodist. Although they were divorced in 1998, Kirk was forever grateful for the blessing of their three children, Jenn, Kaitlyn, and Drew.
As a father Kirk was second to none. He was always playing with his kids, and he also loved taking them on trips. Among their most frequent trips were times spent camping and at amusement parks. Later on, grandchildren began arriving, and Kirk was beyond thrilled. When his first grandchild, Kaleigh, was born it was one of the greatest days of his life. No matter what they were doing, Kirk just loved being with his grandchildren. It became a tradition that every year he took his daughter, Jenn, and one of her children on a summer adventure. Sometimes they went to an amusement park and other times it was for a more quiet and laid back vacation like camping. These times spent camping were especially memorable since it was a great way to spend time together and just bond. Kirk also was very enthusiastic when it came to making his grandchildren laugh. He was very skilled at making funny voices, among his more popular repertoire was a Scottish lilt, cockney, mimicking Pinky and The Brain, and the ever famous Pig Latin.
Kirk spent the bulk of his career at Weidenhammer Systems Corporation where he worked as a Senior Application Specialist. Kirk loved his job as well as the people he worked with. The travel was also a fun side of his work as he liked to get away and see other parts of the country. Kirk really enjoyed training people to use the computer programs that the company put out.
Throughout his life Kirk was a man of many interests. He loved cars, books and movies. Kirk loved just driving around in his car while listening to music, as loud as possible, as a way to unwind. He was also a movie buff with quite the personal movie collection. Kirk could quote countless movies across various genres. He enjoyed music from classic rock of the 1980s, and he had more recently gotten into some present day pop. Among Kirk’s favorite songs were “Zoot Suit Riot,” “Ants Marching,” and “Secret Separation.” He enjoyed reading all sorts of books. He loved to read Stephen King, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Dean Kuntz, and many other authors. Kirk had a knack of putting a book down in the middle of reading and coming back to that book weeks later and remember the exact page he left off on and what had been happening in the story without a bookmark or re-reading. Among his movie collections were some of his favorite television shows; Smallville and West Wing. Kirk was also a big fan of Marvin the Martian. Kirk’s favorite foods were anything containing cherry or cinnamon as well as pot roast, chicken with broccoli and cheese.
With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around him, Kirk Moshier made the most of the days he was given while holding his loved ones near. He was known for his strong work ethic and his attention to detail. Kirk took his roles as father and grandfather to heart, and there was nothing he loved more than being with his children and grandchildren. Loved by many, he will be forever missed.
Kirk Moshier, of Portage, died unexpectedly on December 15, 2017. Kirk’s family includes his 3 children: Jenn Trottier, Kaitlyn (Kyle) Washburn, Drew Moshier; 4 grandchildren, Kaleigh, Ethan, Landon, and Aria; mother, Jan Moshier; brothers- Kevin ( Carol) Moshier, Keil ( Kristina Weidenfeller) Moshier; and other cherished family members and friends. Cremation has taken place. Visit with family and friends with food and drink on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive; Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. Please visit Kirk’s personal web page at www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com, where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook before coming to the funeral home.