William Michael "Bill" VanKirk, 67, died Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Olathe Hospice House. Bill was born on March 3, 1956 in Pleasanton, Kansas to Harold Leon and Christina Faye (Lloyd) VanKirk. He attended schools in Pleasanton and graduated from Pleasanton High School. Bill served as Linn County Under Sheriff for 7 years before becoming Director of Community Corrections for the Kansas 6th Judicial District. Bill was a member of the Mine Creek Amateur Radio Club and the Eastern Kansas Peace Officers Association. He attended Mound City Christian Church. Bill was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing all types of flowers and vegetables.
On October 10, 1986, Bill married Diane Stevenson. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include one son, Mike Becker; three daughters, Gretchen Van Mater, Angie Miller, and Lisa Redlin; eight grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert L. VanKirk, and two sisters, Donna Hazel and Pamela Stevens.
A graveside service will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Pleasanton Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Prescott's Reach Out Food Pantry, in care of the funeral home, PO Box J, Mound City, KS 66056.