Colonel K Leslie Kirk, 89, died peacefully in Fairbanks at the Denali Center on May 26, 2019. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was post commander at Fort Greely from 1982 to 1984 when he retired from an illustrious career in service to our country and freedoms.
He was born on December 11, 1929, in Magna, Utah in the house he was raised in. In 1953, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington as his first duty station. On September 25, 1971, at Camp Eagle he assumed command of 2nd Bn 94th Artillery. Lt. Col. Kirk would be the last battalion commander that the 2/94th would have during its six-year stay in Vietnam. He was discharged with full honors in 1984 after serving as Post Commander of Fort Greely.
Col. Kirk was a brave and loyal soldier, as well as a patient and loving husband and father. He married Regine Kirk in June 6, 1969. This year they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary. A natural leader and educator, he often served as a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to help our active and veteran soldiers succeed in the academic goals.
He is survived by his wife, Regine Kirk. His sons; Patrick, Steven Michael, Benjamin, Andrew, Marcelo, Jeff, David, and John. Daughters; Julie and Karen. He also had too many grandchildren to count but loved them all. He was preceded by his son, Kim and daughter, Gloria.
The funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2378 Deborah Street, Delta Junction. He will be laid to rest in Rest Haven Cemetery in Delta Junction at 2 p.m. Friday May 31, 2019.