Judd B. Kirkham Jr., age 70, of Climax Springs, Missouri, passed away Sunday evening, April 24, 2016 at his home. Judd was born in Pasadena, California, to Judd Kirkham Sr. and Lorraine Shipp Kirkham.
The family relocated to Raytown, MO, where young Judd became an active Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout and receiving the God and Country Award. Judd graduated from Raytown High School in 1963 and attended Central Missouri State University.
Judd married Sherry Yarbrough in 1967, with whom he fathered two daughters, Michelle and Karen. He began a lengthy career with Charles D. Jones Company, eventually becoming part owner and vice president. In 1989 he moved to Lake of the Ozarks where he operated Forthview Resort. After returning to Raytown in 1999, he married Judy Coffey and worked for Benso, Inc. until retirement. After retiring, Judd and Judy moved back to thelake to make their home.
Judd was actively involved in the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). He was named Conservationist of the Year in 1979. He served as President for one term in2004-2005. He also held many other leadership positions. He became a Lifetime Member in 2008. Judd established the CFM Kirkham Family Scholarship for graduate students studying conservation and wildlife.
Judd is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Eric Sharp of Kansas City, MO; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Tim Haug of Liberty, MO; brother and sister-in-law Rod and Beth Kirkham; niece Jessica Kirkham
Bushman; and five grandchildren: Chelsea, Savannah and Sidney Sharp of Kansas City, MO; Casey Jones of Fort Meade, MD; and Jacob Haug of Liberty, MO.
A visitation will be held May 6th from 3:00-4:00 pm at Reser Funeral Home, 101 W. Main Steet, Warsaw, MO.
It was Judd’s wish that all donations be made to the CFM Kirkham Family Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed to the CFM office at 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO, 65101 or here on the CFM website.