AMERICUS -- Mr. Allan Patrick Newkirk, age 67, died suddenly at his home in Americus, Georgia on December 29, 2012. A Memorial service was held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in the chapel of Aldridge Funeral Services with Father Isidore Baky officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour before services from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Newkirk was born March 29, 1945 in Detroit Michigan the son of the late Glenn William Newkirk and Ann Theresa Schroeder Newkirk and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Allan began his career as an apprentice carpenter in Detroit, Michigan where he attained Journeyman's Status. After working in that area doe a few years, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Haiti and Malia. Upon leaving the Peace Corps, he returned home where he met his wife-to-be, Kathy Hardester. They moved to Colorado where they owned and operated a car wash. While working in Colorado, he felt the Call to serve others, so he worked for Habitat for many years before he retired, and spent the rest of his life serving others. Allan was a skilled craftsman, a virtuoso in his work. He was highly regarded in his field and was called on many times to assist other carpenters on their difficult projects.

Allan was a devout Christian and a devoted member of the Catholic Church. He had an unwavering faith in humanity Through the Lord's influence and direction. He spent his life in serving people who were in need. This was the Hallmark of his life. He never wanted thanks nor recognition for his helping others. He had a positive impact on everyone, especially those whom he helped.

He was humble, modest, and genuine, a man after God's own heart. His genre is rare in that his calling in life was to serve others not only through his carpentry skills but also through his exemplary Christian personality. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Newkirk is survived by his beloved wife Kathy; two sons, Lane and loyd; two grandsons, Jacob and Dexter; three granddaughters, Sarah, Kally and Emily; two aunts, Gertrude Sheimpke and Rosemary Onacki; three brothers-in-law, Mike and Walter Hardester, Randy Waller and a sister-in-law, Esther Waller.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church 332 South Lee Street Americus, Ga. 31709. Aldridge Funeral Services 612 Rees Park is in charge of these arrangements. To sign the on line guest book and express your own special thoughts and memories to the family go to www.aldridgefuneralservices.com.

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