WEST UNION, Ohio -- Charles S. "Chip" Kirker III, 61, of Liberty Township, Adams County, Ohio, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Clay Township in Highland County. 

He was born August 26, 1949, in Maysville.     

He is survived by parents, Charles S. and Jean (Hawk) Kirker Jr. of Liberty Township; one brother, Tom (Janie) Kirker of Liberty Township; one sister, Jan Kirker Manchester of Dublin, Ohio; two nephews,  Adam Kirker of Batavia, Ohio and Aaron Kirker of Vero Beach, Fla.; two nieces, Amy Young White of New Plymouth, Ohio and Karli Manchester of Dublin; two great-nephews; and one great-niece.

He was a former art teacher at the Brown County Vocational School in Georgetown, Ohio; a former art instructor at the Brown County M.R.D.D. in Greenbush, Ohio; and co-owner and operator of the former Upper Case Graphics in Liberty Township for more than 12 years.

He was a 1967 graduate of West Union High School; a 1972 graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design (C.C.A.D.); a life member of the First Presbyterian Church in West Union; and a member of the Adams County Farm Bureau.  He was the lead singer of the former band, The Torays, which was formed in the late 1960s.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the home of Tom and Janie Kirker, 6067 Ohio 136 in Liberty Township.

A private inurnment will be held at Kirker Cemetery in Liberty Township with Pastor Rick Lockhart officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of West Union, 104 South Second Street, West Union, Ohio 45693.

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