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Matthew Kirkman

Matthew Courtney Kirkman

Tuesday, February 15th, 1977 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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Obituary

We are greatly saddened to announce Matthew Courtney Kirkman, 43, died April 9, 2020 at home. He was born February 15, 1977 in Pascagoula, MS, the son of Karen and Steve Kirkman. He attended school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during his early years, DeLaura Middle School in Satellite Beach, Fl and graduated from West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan. Matthew was currently an employee at Tyson Foods in Zeeland, MI.

Matthew was an adventurer. He held a black belt in Tai Kwon Do. He accepted summer jobs in Death Valley and Grand Canyon. He loved sky-diving, writing songs, playing his guitar and cooking. He was truly one with nature and held liberal opinions about the environment. He had a thirst for scientific knowledge and loved rousing debates about theoretical and religious subjects. He may have left us too soon, but he left us with memories of his shining light and kindness.

Matthew is survived by his parents, Steve Kirkman and Karen Kirkman Silver; and his brother and sister, Christopher Kirkman and Stephanie Kirkman Williams. He is also survived by half-brother and sister, Nicholas Kirkman and Laura Kirkman; step-father and step-mother, Douglas Silver and Lesa Kirkman; and step-brother, Joshua Silver; as well as cousins and nieces.

Because of the current pandemic and restrictions on travel, there will be no funeral service at the present time. Condolences may be sent to Karen Silver at 613 Banks St. NW, Palm Bay, Fl 32907 or to Steve Kirkman at 4237 Bobcat Ave., Niceville, FL 32578.
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3 trees have been planted in memory of Matthew Courtney Kirkman

Bethany Eaton

Posted at 04:56pm
Matthew is a beautiful soul, and wherever/however his journey continues now, a part of me goes with him. I wish him beauty, joy, contentment, and adventure in his next life. My most cherished memories together were raising our children together (Coral and Jupiter, our cats), times we spent hiking outside, and the times when he played the guitar and sang. I especially loved when we sang together. I hope that he and Jupiter are together now and taking care of each other and that he knows that Coral and I are taking care of each other too. I loved this man with all my heart and I will always love him.
 
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Karen Silver Posted at 12:20pm

We loved you as well, Bethany. Thank you for your beautiful words. I believe Matthew always held you in his heart.
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John Kirkman

Posted at 07:13am
You left us too soon. May you rest in peace. Love, John & Pat Kirkman
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Micheal Coomes

Posted at 05:34am
I hope this tree grows to be as vibrant, interesting and enjoyable as you were cousin.
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Matthew Kirkman — Plant a Tree Now
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Tonya R. Kooyers

Posted at 12:43pm
For my love of Matthew ..... I hope they plant a Sycamore tree. We always loved sitting under our Sycamore tree. Set up the hammock and the peace...
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Matthew Kirkman — Plant a Tree Now
 
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Karen Silver Posted at 03:10pm

Thank you Tonya.
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Heli and Joe Benson

Posted at 11:10am
May this tree flourish and provide loving shelter in memory of Matthew. With thoughts of peace and comfort to his family.
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Matthew Kirkman — Plant a Tree Now
 
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Karen Silver Posted at 11:52am

Heli and Joe, I am so touched that you did this. Exactly what Matthew would have liked!
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