Kirk Packwood

kirk packwood

Kirk David Packwood died suddenly on Monday, September 10 at his home in Fargo, North Dakota. Kirk was an incredibly sweet, gentle man whose often lighthearted personality made for a striking contrast with his considerable height and physique. He enjoyed being playful and irreverent with friends and family, but was also a man of deep compassion and conviction. Kirk had a wide range of interests, among them choral performance, weight training, psychology, movies, and role-playing games. He wrestled with health concerns for much of his adult life, but was remarkably generous and kind to those whom he loved. His loss is as untimely as it is saddening.

Kirk was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 26, 1969 and raised in Iowa City, Iowa; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Fargo. He was a resident of Fargo-Moorhead for 29 years, attending North High School, Moorhead State University, and North Dakota State University. For many years Kirk was active in the local theater and music community, with leading roles in Trollwood Performing Arts School and Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, among others. He held a number of jobs in Fargo, and most recently served as an electronics salesperson at Walmart.

Kirk is survived by his parents, William T. and Virginia M. Packwood; brother and sister-in-law Theodore and Sheila Packwood, and nephews Noah and Evan; and brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Carin Miller Packwood.

Condolences may be sent to the Packwood Family, 3715 Crossridge Way, Rosemount, MN 55068. Donations in memory of Kirk may be sent to the Family HealthCare Center in Fargo, where Kirk served on the Patient Advisory Council:

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  1. Dana Point CAKirk was a good friend of mine in high school. He, Alan Estevez and I used to hang out a lot and just talk and laugh for hours. He was such a sweet guy and so full of kindness! I’m heart-broken that he’s left us so early, but know he has left a permanent and positive mark on this world and is now doing the same in the next! I will always remember him and think fondly of him. My heart also goes out to his wonderful family.

  2. Fargo Kirk,
    Thank you for always keeping a positive attitude, and making us smile at work. I always looked forward to seeing which language you would speak to me in, when I would visit you back in electronics. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Your humor, patience and sincerity will be greatly missed.

  3. Chaska MN
    Our thoughts are with your family during this untimely loss.


    Roger and Tracie Peterson

  4. Dilworth MN
    I’m very sorry for loss My prayer are with you and family. We are going to miss him very much as a co-worker and a good friend. God Bless him and his family. JoAnn Perpuly

  5. Milwaukee WisconsinMy most sincere condolences to Kirk’s family. I remember him fondly from North High School and although we lost touch long ago, I’m saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Fargo ND
    Kirk and I met when he began working at USBank, long ago. We quickly became friends, and he remained my friend ever since. Kirk had a sharp wit, and was always quick to laugh.

    He was a truly good peron, and I am better person for having known him.

    My heart goes out to his family, in this sad time.

  7. Fargo North Dakota
    I was very delighted to have Kirk as a co-worker at Wal-Mart. I will miss him dearly. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  8. West Fargo ND
    I worked with Kirk in the electronics dept at WalMart. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes because he was insistent that I go into the ER one night a month ago. I guess you could say he helped save my life that night. Always so gentle and kind and always concerned for others. I guess a true “Gentle Giant”. We both love music, theatre and psychology. I don’t know any of the family but I hope you are all able to find peace and treasure your memories until you can join him again.
    Deb and Brett Jevne

  9. Fargo North Dakota
    I worked with Kirk for 6 months at ND
    SU as his personal trainer. I always looked forward to working with him, as he was a very fun person to be around and had a way of brightening up the room. My thoughts go out to his family.

  10. I met Kirk while at ND
    SU. I remember our great conversations after class as we walked/rode across campus back to our cars. He kept such a positive outlook on things and it was an honor to get to know him during that time. May he be at peace my condolences to his family during this very difficult time.

  11. Fargo ND
    Kirk was a very good man and I enjoyed the contacts that I had with him. He will be missed by the staff where I work. My prayers go out to his family.

  12. Fargo, ND
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Kirk a few years ago, and later had an opportunity to connect with him again. His kindness was always noticed by many, and always appreciated.

  13. Fargo ND
    Wishing all of you peace …

    Stephan & Bethany Lindemann
    (Stephan Lindemann FNH ’87)
    (Bethany Bye Lindemann FNH ’88)

  14. Fargo ND
    To Kirk’s family:
    I met and visited with Kirk in his home on Thursday, September 6th. Our visit lasted more than an hour and I enjoyed every minute of it. I could tell almost right away that Kirk was a special man in many ways. He was obviously quite intelligent and kind. Kirk was very interesting as he told me about his life and his family. He told me of his goal to become healthy and to return to work. He said he wants to do so much more with his life and I told him that was wonderful because he obviously had so much to offer the world. He said, “thank you”, appearing humble as he responded. Kirk did not tell me about his involvement in theater. What a guy he was! I’m grateful to have crossed paths with him. My sincere condolences to his family, of whom he spoke well of. Norean Hoots

  15. I graduated high school with Kirk. I didn’t know him very well, but I do remember that smile. He always looked like the cat that got the mouse. My deepest sympathies.

    Danette Nicoloff

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