Carl A. Kirkbride, age 88, of Calcutta passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, after
a lengthy illness at the Calcutta Health Care where he received excellent care.
He was loved by all who knew him for his kind and generous spirit. There was never a
doubt about how much he loved his wife and his family. He enjoyed working in
general but especially outdoors, planting flowers and trees, and taking his children
and others on hikes. Most of all he displayed a strong faith in God throughout his
Born in Calcutta on February 17, 1928, Carl was the son of the late Carl and Laura
(Pugh) Kirkbride and lived his entire life in this area. He was a graduate of East
Liverpool High School, Class of 1946, and attended Kent State University and the
former Ohio Valley Business College. A Veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the
Korean Conflict in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where he helped keep track of
the number of active troops at any given time. He retired in 1991 after 31 years with
Weirton Steel Mill where he was a systems analyst in the Salary Payroll Department.
During his lifetime he enjoyed serving others and singing in the choirs of the Longs
Run Presbyterian and First Evangelical Presbyterian churches. Most recently, he was a
member of the Chapel Presbyterian Church in Beaver, PA, where he still was able to
display his friendly, outgoing spirit. He was also a member of the N.E. Ohio Forestry
Association, the Farm Bureau, the Historical Society, the Grange, and the E.L.H.S. Old
Guard. He was a Scout Leader for the first Cub Scout Pack at Longs Run Church, For
many, many years he served on the Longs Run Church Cemetery Association and could
be seen regularly caring for the cemetery. He saw this as more than just a job but
rather as a service to the community and to all who visited the cemetery. He also
used this as an opportunity to share his firm conviction that there is a better life
beyond the grave for those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. “For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians
He is survived by his wife, Anne (Robinson) Kirkbride, whom he loved dearly and
married on April 26, 1952.
Other survivors include a son, Daniel C. Kirkbride (Susan) of Calcutta, three
daughters: Catherine A. Keenan (Frank), of Calcutta, Laura J. Wilson (Robert) of
Smithfield, VA, and Amey L. Park (Lloyd) of Kent, Ohio. He had many grandchildren
whom he adored: Matthew and Trudi Kirkbride, Megan and Mike Ehlenbach, Meredith
and Jim Aracich, Sara Kirkbride, Katie Wilson, Christina Kirkbride, Daniel Keenan,
Joseph Wilson, Timothy Park, Laura Keenan, Rebekah Wilson, Isaac Park, Lydia Wilson,
Adam Park, Lindsay Park, Sam Wilson, Grace Wilson, Lacey Park, Hailey Park, and
Felicity Park. He also had seven great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin
MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes with his pastor, Steve Maker, officiating. Burial will
follow in Longs Run Cemetery at a later date.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Calcutta Funeral
Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Longs Run Cemetery Assoc. or the Chapel
Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 2914 Calcutta, OH, 43920.
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Longs Run Cemetery
At a Later Date
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