Frank James Kirkland
West Branch, Michigan
April 11, 1975 - January 26, 2021
The family will receive guests from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Buresh Funeral Home (101 Harrison Street, Prescott, Michigan 48756).
Visitors will have an opportunity to sign the guest book, pay their respects and visit with the family while wearing a facial covering and practicing social distancing when in the funeral home.
A private funeral service will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021 with Pastor Gary Gillings officiating.
Graveside committal Service, with military honors, will take place at 2:15 PM at Mills Township Cemetery.
Frank James Kirkland, age 45 of West Branch, passed away on January 26, 2021.
He is survived by his mother, Francesann (Miller) Irving of West Branch. Son, Trevor Cunningham of Prescott. Former wife and friend, Starla Kirkland of Gladwin. Stepsons, Aaron (Ayla) Abair of Bay City, Ryan Abair of Gladwin, Dustin Abair of Gladwin and Joshua Filbart of Gladwin. Step-grandchildren, Aden, Aurora, Ashton and Analee Abair. Sister, Frannie Kirkland of West Branch. Niece, Brittany Kirkland of West Branch, Nephew, Blayze Kirkland of Port Huron and his faithful German Shepherd, Parker.
Mr. Kirkland was preceded in death by his father, Frank S. Kirkland. Stepfather, Daniel Irving. Grandparents, Richard and Margaret (Peggy) Swanson, Robert Kirkland and Charles and Mary Miller. Aunts, Mary Snyder, Sara Crawford and Mary Thayer. Uncle, Chuck Miller and cousin, Chrissy (Cromwell) Jones.
Frank was born on April 11, 1975 in West Branch, Michigan to Frank Stephen and Francesann (Miller) Kirkland. He graduated from the Whittemore-Prescott High School in 1993 before enlisting in United States Navy. While stationed in Hawaii, Frank enrolled in college courses to major in Forensic Science. After serving our country with the Navy, he returned to Michigan where he was an installer of invisible fencing in Southern Michigan before returning back to West Branch where he was most recently employed as a Manager of Mulch Manufacturing. Frank was a Christian and occasionally attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Gladwin while also being a member of Biker’s for Kids. Frankie enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, motorcycle riding, bicycle riding, snowmobiling, boating, going to mud bogs and the racetrack, reading, tinkering in the garage, cookouts and social events and he cherished time spent with his family, friends and his beloved German Shepherd, Parker.
The family will receive guests from 2:00 – 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Buresh Funeral Home (101 Harrison Street, Prescott, Michigan 48756). Visitors will have the opportunity to sign the guest book, pay their respects and visit with family while wearing a facial covering and practicing social distancing when in the funeral home.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Frankie’s funeral will be private. Pastor Gary L. Gillings will officiate and he will be buried with military honors at Mills Township Cemetery.
The family would like to acknowledge and express their gratitude to:
-Responding EMS Crew
-Staff of Emergency Department of Mid-Michigan Medical Center in West Branch
-Responding flight / helicopter crew
-Michigan Gift of Life coordinators
A special “thank you” to Amanda, Jeff and Casey – the amazing nurses who cared for Frankie in the ICU at McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center. In addition to the coordinator, respiratory therapists, PCA’s, physicians, clerks, pharmacists, techs, housekeepers, Emergency Department, lab and other outstanding staff / team members who not only provided excellent care to Frankie, but also supported and comforted his family throughout this incredibly difficult time.
Mills Township Cemetery