Steve K. “Slots” Kirk, 71, of Burlington, died at 5:18 PM Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born August 11, 1949, in Waterloo, IA, he was the son of James D. and Mary Nelson Kirk. On March 20, 1988, he married Julie Burling at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Burlington.
A graduate of Waterloo West High School, Steve was a central figure on the basketball and tennis teams. He was also active in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and he participated in the school’s Drum & Bugle Corps. Two years after the Beatles’ “Coming to America,” Steve and his high school friends formed a competing band, “The Squires.” Throughout his life, he would consider and promote himself to have been the “Leading Man” from that group, though factual indicators are lacking to support his claim; he was lead tambourine.
Steve’s passion for sports continued after high school, as he attended the University of Iowa on a tennis scholarship. There he would earn his lifelong nickname “Slots” and soon meet two friends that would become his fraternal family in Randy Winegard and Mark Eggleston. He was a lifelong Hawkeye and avid sports fan for the university.
After graduating with a degree in Journalism and Marketing, Slots would spend his life immersed in the food and beverage industry, starting the Fieldhouse Bar in Iowa City shortly after completing his education. Later projects included Big Muddy’s in Burlington and involvement in different projects within the Pzazz! Entertainment Complex. Highlights of his time in Burlington include the Pzazzatorium, JJ Maguire’s, Moose Magoon’s, The Dance Hall, J.B. Barracuda’s, and Martini’s Grille. Slots enjoyed playing golf, spending many Wednesday afternoons at the Burlington Golf Club, and then later enjoying time at Spirit Hollow with his closest friends. Being a friend to many and sharing a warm smile and handshake with all, Slots always had a quick joke or one-liner to brighten dark days. Most of all, though, he enjoyed the time spent with his family and the memories they made. His children were his pride and joy, and he shared with them each peak, valley, and everywhere in between. Whether it was watching his daughter on the field as the Notre Dame goalie or looking for fighter jets overhead, he swelled with a pride only surpassed by each new day in his grandson James’ life.
Survivors include his life-partner and friend, Julie Kirk of Burlington; one son, Capt. Chris (Katherine) Kirk of Niceville, FL; one daughter, Katy Kirk of Denver, CO; one grandson, James Kirk; one sister, Ann Kirk of Traer, IA; one brother, Craig Kirk of Iowa City; and countless members of the extended Burling Clan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his father and mother-in-law, Jim and June Burling of Carthage, IL.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.
Due to the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, the family has asked that all attendees wear face masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the PZAZZ! Conference Center on Sunday, September 13th, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The memorial service for Mr. Kirk will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, September 14th, at Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home, with Fathers Marty Goetz and David Steinle co-officiating.
A memorial has been established for the Burlington Notre Dame Schools.
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