Melcher-Dallas — Funeral services for Anthony Kirtley, 96, formerly of Melcher-Dallas were held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Family received friends prior to the service. Interment was at the Dallas Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the New Hope United Methodist Church. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.
Anthony was born July 21, 1917, in Melcher, to John and Mildred Watters Kirtley. He attended school in the Melcher-Dallas area. He served in the Army during WWII, being stationed in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his five years of service.
Anthony was a farmer, he loved working with the soil and growing a garden. He also enjoyed canning the produce he grew. He mowed many yards in Melcher-Dallas for many years only charging 3 or 4 dollars to help out the older folks.
Even though he was never married, his family was very important to him. He took care of his brother Ray for 11 years and loved spending time with nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He took his nieces to church every Sunday until they were 18 years old and always treated them like his grandchildren.
Anthony passed away Aug. 19, 2013, at the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center at the age of 96 years from complications of falling and breaking his hip.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, and locally by nephew, Ronald Kirtley of Melcher-Dallas. Preceding him in death were his siblings: Harry, Jack, Ray, Ralph, and Dorothy.