Harry Cornelius Van Kirk
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Harry Cornelius Van Kirk
  • September 11, 1914 - April 5, 2015
  • Tempe, Arizona

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Harry C. Van Kirk of Tempe, Arizona, formerly of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his daughters on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. He was 100 years old.
Born on September 11, 1914 in Paterson, New Jersey to the late Cornelius L. and Annabel (Shaw) Van Kirk. He graduated from Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. He later attended the New York University School of Business in New York City. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp as a flight Instructor during World War II.
He began his career with Alkahn Silk Label Co. in New York City. He later founded Artex Woven Label Company. He went on to become CEO of Van Kirk & Lyon, Inc., Designers and Makers of Woven Labels and Packaging with offices in New York City and plants in Cowpens, South Carolina and Cochran, Georgia. He retired at age 80.
He was a member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, St. John's Lodge No. 0001 New York, NY and a sustaining member of the Republican National Committee. He was a member of the Community Church in Glen Rock, New Jersey, more recently attending Lakeshore Bible Church in Tempe, Arizona.
He will be remembered for his kindness, faith, generosity and love toward his family and friends. He had a great appreciation of opera and photography. He was an avid reader of history, economics and current events. He enjoyed world travel and was fascinated by developments in technology. He is greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen (Conklin) his beloved daughter Anne, her husband John, and granddaughter Samantha Askey. He is also preceded in death by brothers, Stewart and Albert, sister, Beatrice, and son in law John Zriny.
He is survived by three children; Patricia and Erwin Schwing of Broxton GA, Lynn Zriny of Mesa AZ, Beth Van Kirk and Craig Cheply of Tempe, AZ.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Scott Schwing, Robin Stoneman, Troy Schwing, Noel Allen, Jason, Ethan and Vanessa Zriny. Eleven Great-grandchildren: Theodore, Brittany, and Eric Austin, Logan, Nathan and Hayden Zriny, Rebekah and Lisa Schwing, Isaiah and Elijah Allen, and Preston Bunch.