Larry Kirby

Posted 10/27/21

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Larry Dean Kirby, 71, of Kissimmee, Fla., and formerly of Paris, passed away Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021. He was a retired teacher.

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Larry Kirby

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Larry Dean Kirby, 71, of Kissimmee, Fla., and formerly of Paris, passed away Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021. He was a retired teacher.

There will be no formal services at this time. The family will hold a private remembrance.

Mr. Kirby and his twin brother Jerry Kirby were born May 30, 1950, the son of the late Roy and Olla Cash Kirby

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol; children, Rob (Sheri) Hackett, Lori (Leo) Shanks, Laura (Michael) Minnis and Andrew (Kit) Kirby; grandchildren, Justin (Bethany) Hackett, Sydney Shanks (Justyn Milburn), Ivy Shanks, Avery, Addison and Aidan Minnis, Cate, Claire and Drew Kirby: great-grandchildren, Layken and Briar Hackett, Ryder Kaufman and Brylee and Ashlee Milburn; his brother, Donald (Sondra) Kirby; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jerry; brothers, Roy Jr. and Leo Kirby; and sister, Norma Keefer.

Mr. Kirby graduated from Paris High School and joined the Army National Guard, 1544th Transportation Company. Later, he attended Eastern Illinois University graduating with his Bachelor’s in Education and then his Master’s in Education.

Mr. Kirby started his teaching career at Tuscola and Chrisman High Schools, but soon got a job teaching Industrial Arts at Paris High School where he taught the remainder of his career. He coached both wrestling and baseball and was a class sponsor for various classes over his years at PHS.

A long-time wood craftsman and house builder, Mr. Kirby built the spring play and May Fete sets, helped restore Laker Stadium and the Paris Santa House. Known to most as “Kirb,” he taught at Paris High School for 35 years and retired in 2011.

Mr. Kirby was an Army and Air National Guard reservist. He served his country by protecting the University of Illinois campus during the Vietnam protests and served the 1544th on trips to Germany and Honduras. He was also a member of Paris American Legion Post #211.

Upon retirement, he moved to Kissimmee, Fla., where he and his wife owned a golf cart business. He enjoyed working in his shop, eating out with friends, going to festivals with his wife and visiting with family. Anyone that knew Kirb, knew there was a cold beer ready for them at his bar.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edgar County Animal Shelter or a charity of the donor’s choice.