Marlin's Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below: Marlin Roy Kirkeby, 73, passed away Saturday, January 23rd, in his home. Marlin was born July 1st, 1947 to Myron and Doris (Troseth) Kirkeby. He graduated from Glenfield-Sutton in 1966. He received his associate degree in Business from NDSCS. He served in the United States Army. Marlin married Kathleen Schiele, October 4th, 1975. They made their home in Fargo. They had 2 children, Sara and Jason. Marlin worked in tires sales for Rott Keller and S&L Tire. In August 1986, Marlin and Kathleen started their own tire company, Wholesale Tire and Wheel, Inc., which they sold in August 1996. Marlin enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and camping. He and his family spent many summers at Meadow Lake. Marlin and Kathleen divorced in 2000. Marlin purchased a farm in rural Hillsboro in 1998 where he lived until his death. Marlin is survived by his former spouse, Kathleen; children Sara Kirkeby (Josh Stroh), Jason Kirkeby (Alicia) and Tana Johnson, who was given up for adoption 1972. Grandchildren; Skyler Stevens (fiancé, Madison Benson), Kaylee Bakke, Micah Kirkeby, Elijah Kirkeby, Jacob Kirkeby, Isaac Kirkeby, Rand Stroh, Rune Stroh, Jenna Johnson, Talon Johnson and Grayson Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Johnson and her husband Ted.

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  1. Kathy and Family. My prayers and thoughts are for you and your children.
    I won’t be able to make it to Marlin’s service as I’m in Arizona, but will never forget the wonderful times our families had at Meadow lake. It was because of you and Marlin that we got into the camping scene, which provided our family the best summers of our lives.

  2. My condolences to you Sara in the loss of your father. May the memories you have of him yep you during this difficult time.

  3. Kathy, Sara and Jason. My sincerest sympathies to you all. I have fond memories of you watching Nick when he was under your care. You are in my prayers.

  4. Sympathy to Marlins family and all his nephews. Growing up in Glenfield I have good memories of the Kirkebys. I remember when Marlin and my brother Gary were in a car accident coming from painting Leroy Johnson’s barn…Mom was warned the red all over was paint and not blood…I spent the evening with Linda who made French fries and malts while rest were at the Doctors. This was before they had the Corner Service and Cafe. Kind people. God’s peace Marlin.

  5. Sara, so sad to hear that you lost your dad. My heart goes out to you and your family. Hope the good memories and love from friends and family help carry you through this tough time. Take care.

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