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“I will always remember, many a fun nights jamming with Kirk. I had the pleasure of playing in two bands with dog, He will truely be missed. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: troy fellom

“My thoughts and prayers are with the extended Pederson family during this time of loss. Your grief touches us all and we mourn the passing of your...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Martha Mikel-Hong - NJ

“I will always remember Kirk as an amazing person, an incredible musician, fun loving and happy, a joy to know with laughter to share. My heart goes...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Angela Oden - Monte Vista, CO

“My sympathies to Kirk's family. I had lost touch with him from our days of working together at Des Moines Parks & Recreation. He was a kind, caring...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Anderson - Des Moines, IA

“I extend my deepest sympathies to Kirk's family and close friends. The world was a better place with him it. I knew Kirk from the early 80s when he...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Jack Olson - Grinnell, ME

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Pederson famly. I went to school with Kirk & Dana. I"m so sorry for you loss. May god bring you peace. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Tim & Doris Wagner - Newton, Iowa

“Our son went to UNI with Kirk. One day our son called and asked if we could rent a room to him, as he was going to intern at the Marshalltown Parks...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Ken and Reta Oetker - IA

“Kirk will be missed. He left us way too soon. It was a pleasure to work with him at Des Moines Park and Recreation. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Hoffman - Sioux City, IA

“I'll always remember Kirk as the "cooler head" that prevailed over our high school group of friends! He was always up for having fun but just seemed...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Andrew Haas - Saint Paul, MN

“My sincere condolences to Kirk's family for your loss. Kirk has been a great friend for many years, and this world will not be the same without him....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Darla Bonjour - Des Moines, IA

“Kirk....you will be cherished in my heart forever...no words can express the gratefulness and gratitude I feel in my heart towards you. You have...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Smith - West Des Moines, IA

“Kirk was a very special man and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed so much by so many. I am very sorry to Kristine and Afton Polk and...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Williams-Hadley - IN


Kirk Pederson, 49, died Monday, October 17, 2011 at home. His funeral will be 10 a.m., Friday, in the Johnston High School Gymnasium with public burial to follow at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., Thursday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where his family will be present 5-8 p.m.

Kirk William Pederson, son of Roger and Mitzi (Winkler) Pederson, was born October 12, 1962 in Grinnell, Iowa. Following his high school graduation, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Kirk worked for Parks and Recreation Departments in Marshalltown and Des Moines prior to joining the Des Moines Fire Department. He enjoyed running and bicycling. Kirk had a love of life and music, as he had played in several bands.

Kirk was preceded in death by his sister, Heidi Pederson; and his grandparents: Jack and Irma Winkler and Leonard and Augusta Pederson.

Kirk's memory is cherished by his wife, Kristine of Ankeny; stepsons, Trenton and Zane Ratcliff; his special buddy, Afton Polk, who was like a daughter; his parents, Roger and Mitzi Pederson of Grinnell; brother, Dana (LeAnn) Pederson of Grinnell; brothers-in-law, Joel (Megan) Guthrie of Altoona and Jeff (Sara) Guthrie of Newton; his nieces, Katie and Samantha Pederson and Kerrigan, Jamesyn and Kaylee Guthrie; aunt, Norma Kaisand of Grinnell; uncles, Don Pederson of Grinnell and Robert (Rita) Winkler of Flagler Beach, FL; his wife's parents, John and Kim Guthrie of Kellogg; many cousins, close friends, and his brothers and sisters at the fire department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kirk's name may be left to John Stoddard Cancer Center, the Powell 3 Floor at Iowa Methodist, or the Des Moines Firefighters Welfare Fund.