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Ross Eugene Zirkle, 52

Ross Eugene Zirkle, 52, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Park Rapids, died Monday, March 12, 2007 in Kentucky of cancer. He was born Feb. 10, 1955 to Clyde Eugene and Delores Jean (Neske) Zirkle in Topeka, KS. He lived with his family in Newton, IA ...

Ross Eugene Zirkle, 52, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Park Rapids, died Monday, March 12, 2007 in Kentucky of cancer.

He was born Feb. 10, 1955 to Clyde Eugene and Delores Jean (Neske) Zirkle in Topeka, KS. He lived with his family in Newton, IA until the age of 10 when they moved to Park Rapids. He graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1973.

He married Ruth Duncan June 11, 1974. He received his bachelors degree in art from Southwest State University in Marshall. He went on to receive a Masters degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and a Master Printer degree from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

He taught classes at the University of Oregon, the Tamarind Institute and the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He also taught evening art classes at Asbury College in Lexington. In 2006, he received tenure at the University of Kentucky and was the first professor in the art department to be named Teacher of the Year. He was also named 2006 Alumni of the Year at Southwest State University.

He is survived by his parents of Park Rapids; brother, Russ (Lisa) of Dayton; and friend, Suzanne Gonsalez of Lexington.

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He was preceded in death by his sister, Rhonda, in 2003.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Monday, April 2 at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids with Rev. Don Bird officiating. Linda Szuszitzky will be the organist and Annette Haas will be singing "On Eagles Wings."

Memorials are preferred and will be given to the University of Kentucky Art Department for a student scholarship to be set up in his memory.

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