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Kathryn "Kitty" Kirn Buck
  • Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or the Grandville Educational Foundation.

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“Dear Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was such a lovely woman and gave so much to the community. I remember you and your...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Kathryn Gerow - Gd. Rapids, MI

“Our condolences to Mayor and the Buck family. We were lucky to get to know Kitty through many years of Grandville tennis. She was an amazing lady...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Kay & Greg Simsa - WYOMING, MI

“I would like to say my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. You are a wonderful family. She is in a much better place. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Gates

“Jim. We were so sorry to hear about Kitty. We have fond memories of seeing and talking to you at the GlenArbor tennis courts. Kitty was a very...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Linda & Mel Saperstein - MI

“I know Kitty from Church - but remember her most from when I worked at the YMCA in Wyoming - she was the most sought after swim instructor. Moms...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Hutchins

“Jim and family, So sorry for your loss. You and Kitty have given so much to our community and schools. Sandy and I have you in our thoughts and...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Hank Huizinga

“Kitty always had a smile on her face on the tennis courts! I know she loved her tennis family and friends at Ramblewood. Proud to have known her...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Grasman - Jenison, MI

“my husband Costco Bob knew your mom and dad through visits to the gas station. I only met your mom as a neighbor one day while taking a walk around...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: teresa ortego - grandville, MI

“Tim, Christy and family; so sorry for your loss! Kitty was a very special lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Karsten - Grand Rapids

“Dear Kim and the entire Buck Family - We are surrounding you with our love and prayers during this very sad time. We will continue to hold you close...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Bob & Brenda Austin - Friend

“Kelli and the Buck family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. Will be praying for peace for all of you. Julie Scoville Webb ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Webb - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jim and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Kitty was a wonderful woman and Grandville has been blessed by her life. I'm sorry that I won't be...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Glenn Van Noord - Marco Island, FL

“Kitty was such positive role model. She will be missed. May the ache in your heart heal with happy memories of her. Hugs to her family. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Kibbey - Grandville, MI

“Grandville is sad to say "goodbye to it's First Lady". Kitty touch so many lives and probably saved many with all the swim lessons. This very special...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Ed - Grandville, MI - Swim family

“Jim and Family... Prayers and Condolences to all... I new her to be a wonderful person, well liked by all... God Bless You and Your Family... ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Marc Larabel - Grandville, MI

“Jim and family, So sorry about the loss of Kitty. She was truly a caring and supportive person. I know from personal experience that she ALWAYS made...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Kevin Warren - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jim, I'm so sorry to hear about your wife's passing. Please know that I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Robin Crothers - Byron Center, MI


BUCK – Kathryn "Kitty" Kirn Buck, age 79 of Grandville, went to be with her Lord surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Rachael Kirn; her sister Nancy Hutchins and her in-laws Joseph and Evelyn Buck.

She is survived by her husband and best friend, of 60 years, Jim; her children Jim (Justine) Buck, Kim (Scott) Zandbergen, Tim (Christy) Buck, Kelli (Jack) Miller; 10 grandchildren, Lani (Wes) Goodrich, Dana Grace Buck, Karli (Brian) Sanders, Kandice (Patrick) Sloop, Demetrios, Katerina and Isabella Buck, Madeline, Joseph and Anna Miller; 8 great-grandchildren Ella, Wren and Annie James Goodrich, Sofie, Harper and Beckett Sanders, Adeline Sloop and Theodore Spillman; her sisters Rachael Herbst and Carolyn (Ron) Butters-Jenkins.

Kitty had a passion for swimming and "Miss Kitty" taught countless numbers of Grandville children swimming and lifesaving skills. Kitty served as an American Red Cross volunteer throughout her life. Kitty and Jim enjoyed many years as Senior Olympians in tennis and swimming; with Kitty earning a bronze national award in swimming. They also shared many cherished memories "Up North" with family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1 pm Thursday at the Grandville United Methodist Church, 3140 Wilson Ave, Grandville. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at the Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie St. SW (East building) and one hour prior to services Thursday at church. The family welcomes memories and messages on their online guest book at www.cookcares. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or the Grandville Educational Foundation.