Phillip Howard Kirkham and Gloria Joyce Kirkham

Phillip Howard Kirkham, 94, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

He was preceded in death a year earlier by his loving wife, Gloria Joyce Kirkham, who died on July 13, 2018.

Gloria, daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Neuberger) Meyer, was born on November 25, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.

She graduated from Calumet High School in 1944. At the prompting of her boss (and later mother-in-law) at a movie clearing house in Chicago, she wrote a letter to a soldier who turned out to be Phil, the love of her life.

Gloria and Phil were married on February 14, 1947.

After having three children, the family left Chicago for job opportunities in Lafayette and Upland, California, before settling in Rosenberg, Texas, in 1966.

She enjoyed good times playing bridge with her friends and fishing and traveling with family.

Phillip, son of Frederick and Ruth (Ruddell) Kirkham, was born on February 14, 1925 in Sullivan, Indiana.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a Seaman First Class until 1946. After he and Gloria were married in 1947, he continued his education at Wabash College, earning a degree in engineering.

Phil began his career working at steel companies in Illinois and then California before attaining a Maintenance Foreman’s position at Gulf States Tube in Rosenberg in 1966.

By the end of his career, Phil retired as head of Maintenance and Engineering for the same company that later became Quanex.

Mr. Kirkham also served on the Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce and later as city councilman from August, 1973 until May 1986.

Phil was an avid sportsman who enjoyed many sports, including fishing, bow hunting and golf.

Phil and Gloria are survived by their loving family, children Scott and partner Ruthie; daughter Linda Baxter and husband Gordon; son Jeff and wife Marie; grandchildren Fawn Preuss and husband Chad, Troy Terry and wife Jenny, Charlie Baxter, Mercedes Garnett and husband Billy, Chase LeBlanc and wife Lindsey, Trey LeBlanc, and Cole Murchison, and several great- and great-great grandchildren.

A Memorial Celebration for friends and family will be held at their son’s home at 110 Long Drive Court in Richmond at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 29.

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