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Frank G. Kirkland

October 17, 2023

Frank G. Kirkland, 88, Clayton passed away Tuesday morning, October 17, 2023, in Syracuse.

Frank was born in Three Mile Bay February 3, 1935, son of John H. Kirkland Sr. and Laura L. Ackerman Kirkland and he attended Clayton schools. A marriage to Elvira Gushlaw ended in divorce.

He grew up working on the family's farm in Clayton. From 1956 to 1963 he served his country in the US Army. He was a self employed carpenter and mason and later worked as a delivery driver for River Rat Cheese.

Frank was a life member of the Clayton American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and served in its Color Guard and was a member of Elks Lodge 496, Watertown. He enjoyed casino trips, playing the lottery, and gardening. He was a 13 Run Pool member and was an avid Yankees fan.

Frank is survived by his son, Kenneth Calhoun, Watertown; two daughters, Kimberly J. Duellman and husband Robert, Clayton and Kandi J. Dindl and husband Gary, Antwerp; two grandchildren, Chianna Gray and husband Jayson and Kari Dindl; three great grandchildren, Lillian, Estelle, and Leyna; brother, Carl W. Kirkland and wife Jacqueline, Watertown; sister Elsie I. Zehr, Watertown; his current companion, Betty Willoughby and her family, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, Frank was predeceased by two brothers, James W., 2012, and John H. "Jack" 2005; brother-in-law, Richard L. Zehr, 2023; and former companion, Selma Calhoun.

A graveside service in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent will be at his family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Frank's name may be made to the Children's Christmas Party, American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821, 518 Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY 13624.


#23 Sandra Stokes 2023-10-21 19:59
Very sorry for your loss. My father Cliff Stokes was good friends with “”Frankie” as he would call him. And every year he would send me a river rat cheese, his pens and calendars, I always enjoyed receiving them and we corresponded by mail. Very nice man
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#22 Gib and Sue Streets 2023-10-20 17:14
To Betty and the whole family, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Frank. Such a quiet and nice guy. Always a hello and a smile from him. A great partner and dad. He loved his family.
Take care and keep your memories close.
Gib and Sue
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#21 Libby Churchill 2023-10-20 10:18
Prayers for your family Kim. Always enjoyed seeing Frank’s ready smile! He will be missed.
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#20 Jeri Lusk Smith 2023-10-19 23:13
I didn’t know Frank well but I know he helped make my best friend Kim who she is today and for that I thank him. May he rest in peace.
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#19 Jack & Barb Schafer 2023-10-19 18:24
Have known Frankie all my life and in later years worked with him at River Rat Cheese. As the late Dick Brown once said " Frankie is the salt of the earth " Yes he was ! Rest in Peace Frankie ! You deserve it. Kim, Sorry for your Loss.... from : Jack & Barb
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#18 Charlie Stage 2023-10-19 13:41
Always a pleasure to have talked to you Frank. You will be remembered. GOD BLESS the family.
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#17 Lou Montante 2023-10-19 11:09
Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Enjoyed his sense of humor and talking with him. My condolence.
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#16 Hal Matthews 2023-10-19 11:03
Kim and family. Very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Have a few pleasant conversations with him when taking him home while his vehicle was being serviced. Be happy that he is resting now in peace. Hal and Sindy.
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#15 Heather Phillips 2023-10-19 10:40
Carl and family so sorry for your loss
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#14 James Fisher 2023-10-19 09:02
To Elsie and the entire Kirkland family: I bowled against Frankie, drank with him, bought property from him and thought the world of him. He will be missed by anyone and everyone who knew him.
Gina and I send along our condolences to your family. RIP great guy.
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