E. Ray Kirkland, 73, longtime resident of Twin Falls and formerly of Carey, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, from a long battle with leukemia.
He was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Glen St. Mary's, Fla., the son of Leonard and Hazel Kirkland. In 1936, the family left Florida and moved to Carey, Idaho. Ray grew up in Carey. He was a petty officer in the U.S. Navy. He later met and married Juanita Kauffman on Aug. 30, 1958, in Elko, Nev. Ray worked at various jobs including the INEL, Blaine County, Dick Dey and then farmed and ranched until he retired. He loved hunting and fishing, especially salmon fishing. He never went anywhere without making friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include his children, Michael (Sherry) Kirkland of Bellevue, Scott (Carol) Kirkland of Wolf Creek, Ore., Joyce (Rick) Ustick of Jerome, Lenny Kauffman of Hailey, and Arlene Kauffman of Florida; his brother George (Leah) Kirkland of Carey; two sisters, Vivian Day of Utah and Evelyn Peterson of Twin Falls; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Those preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Juanita, and two brothers-in-law.
A viewing will be held at the Wood River Chapel in Hailey from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at the Carey LDS Church with Bishop Dan Parke conducting. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in the Carey Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho.