William C. Kirkey

Dec. 5, 2013

William Charles Kirkey (BS Elec Eng ’55) of Long Neck, Del., died Nov. 16, 2013, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

He was born in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on Sept. 6, 1931, to the late Francis J. and Gladys Kirkey. He attended the University of Notre Dame and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Michigan State University in 1955.

Kirkey, 82, was an electrical engineer with Westinghouse for 25 years. During his career he spent many years working with NASA as a subcontractor and earned recognition for his contributions that helped put a man on the moon. His name is on the Lunar Scroll on the moon and in the Library of Congress. 

He was an avid golfer for most of his life. He collected stamps, as well as dabbling in bird watching, horticulture, and genealogy. He earned his master gardener certificate and loved to read to relax.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith W. Kirkey of Long Neck; children Timothy J. Kirkey of Forest Hill, Md., and Elizabeth A. Kirkey of Georgetown, Del.; three grandchildren, Kalleigh and Alexis Kirkey and Megan Hayden, his niece, Karen L. Rogers of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and nephew, Thomas A. Dodge of Henderson, Nev. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Andrew C. Kirkey in July 2011.

Services were conducted Nov. 20, 2013, at St. George's Episcopal Church in Harbeson, Del. Donations may be made in his memory to S.P.C.A. 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, Del., 19947.

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