Steven Dorsey Kirkham of West Knoxville, Tenn.

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Steven Dorsey Kirkham of West Knoxville, Tenn., passed away in his home on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the age of 72, following a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Steve is survived by his wife of almost 31 years, Kathy; two sons, Jason (Donna) Kirkham and Brad (Jennifer) Kirkham; two grandsons, Thomas and Matthew; his brother, Kent (Jan) Kirkham of Grenada, Miss.; his sisters, Nancy (Jerry) Hall of Ames and Sharon (Ray) Symonds-Cron of Urbandale; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Steve was born in 1943 on a farm near Anita, Iowa, to William and Verlaine Kirkham.

He attended Drake University, where he received both an undergraduate and J.D. degree.

Steve then joined the U.S. Navy, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander and served in the judge advocate general’s office.

After leaving the Navy, his career included serving in executive positions in Richmond, Va,, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Knoxville, Tenn.

Steve was proud of his Navy career and loved a good conversation or a good joke. Most of all, he loved his family. He lived a life that was true to his values of honesty, integrity and always kindness.

Receiving of friends will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 9076 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923. Service will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (www.alz.org) would be appreciated.

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