February 03, 2023

Kirk A. Goldsmith


Kirk Allan Goldsmith, 60, of Creston, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Crest Haven Care Center. There will be a visitation for Kirk at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Creston 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The family would enjoy seeing you and hearing any memories you have of Kirk.

Kirk Allan Goldsmith was born March 19, 1962, to Richard Dean and Norma Jean (Boswell) Goldsmith in Corning. Kirk graduated from Corning High School in 1980.

On May 2, 1987, Kirk was united in marriage to Lori Ann Kimpson in Corning. The couple settled in Corning to start their family and were blessed with two sons, Justin Allen in 1988 and Kaleb Dale in 1996.

Kirk began working at Red Star Mills in Corning while in high school and continued there until he was injured in a grain auger accident while at work in July 1989. It was at this time that he and Lori started Goldsmith Cleaning and began doing commercial cleaning. Kirk also worked at the Corning Post Office for several years.

Kirk and Lori moved their family to Creston in May 2005. Kirk’s health began to deteriorate in 2007 when he suffered a stroke, followed by another in 2015. Even with his diminished health he continued doing what he could at one of their cleaning jobs until November 2021. He used to say, “it’s good therapy.” Despite all his health challenges throughout his life, he somehow maintained a good attitude.

Some of Kirk’s favorite hobbies were fishing, mushroom hunting and pheasant hunting. Whether alone or with family he thoroughly enjoyed these until his health prevented him from doing them any longer. He developed a strong interest in NASCAR and was thrilled when the family was able to go to races in Daytona and Kansas City, even getting to meet his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon, in person.

The real highlight of Kirk’s life was when he became “Papa Kirk”. Papa’s girls, Graelyn and Jade, were the light of his life, and he just beamed when he saw them or heard their voices. Even when the gender reveal for each showed they were girls he wouldn’t believe it until they were born. He said, “They can’t be girls. Goldsmith’s can’t make girls.” (considering he had two brothers and they all had two boys.) Boy was Papa excited and happy to have his girls.

Left to cherish Kirk’s memory are his wife, Lori; his sons Justin (Andrea) Goldsmith of Adel, Kaleb (Bailey) Goldsmith of Creston; granddaughters Graelyn Goldsmith of Creston and Jade Goldsmith of Adel; brothers Mike (Bobbie) Goldsmith of Corning and Jon (Angela) Goldsmith of Clarinda; brother-in-law Todd (significant other Debbie) Kimpson of Corning; three nieces, four nephews; many relatives and friends.

Kirk was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Norma, his mother-in-law Shirley, father-in-law Jim and all grandparents.