Frank E. Kirby, age 86, scholar athlete for the Central Methodist College Eagle’s basketball team during 1950-1954 has succumbed after a long struggle into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. He leaves a loving family including Shirlee, his wife of 64 years, also an alumni of Central, and two sons, Mark E. Kirby and Mike S. (Karen) Kirby, one granddaughter Katie (Billy) Dethrow, great-grandson Connor Michael Dethrow.
Frank graduated, got married, and entered the Marine Corps all in the same day in May 1954.
After completing his duty in the Marines, he pursued his long-anticipated career in coaching. From a successful basketball coach Frank moved on to secondary school administration becoming a much loved high school principal in the St. Louis suburban area.
After retiring from education Frank managed many exciting tours for Sunrise Tours of St. Louis, traveling throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, as well as Central America and the Panama Canal.
Frank was a wonderful man who enjoyed a wonderful life.
February 16, 1932 – January 4, 2019
According to his wishes an anatomical donation of his body will be made to Washington University in St. Louis, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s honor to the Alzheimer's Association.