Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

William Gary Kirkland, "Willie"

Passed away on June 16, 2020

William Gary Kirkland, Age 64. Late of Dyer, In., formerly of Calumet City, IL. Passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Cynthia Kirkland (nee Chmielewski) for 40 years. Loving father of Rachel (Leslie) Darlin, and Brian (Amanda) Kirkland. Cherished grandfather of Lola and Laney Darlin, and Serena and Genevieve Kirkland. Survived by his father William and step-mother Sharon Kirkland (nee Karnes), sister: Donna Okleshen, Step-sisters: Cathy, Carol, and Marcia. Devoted nephew of Glenda Ferguson and cousin of Randy Ferguson. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother Evelyn Kirkland. Willie retired from ArcelorMittal as pipefitter, co-owner of Ferguson Kirkland Construction. He will always be remembered for helping people with computers. His passion for vintage stereos. His love of classic rock n roll. Jack of all trades that was always willing to lend a hand. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Visitation will take place on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Funeral Chapel 11300 W. 97th Lane. (1/2 block west of US 41/Wicker Ave. at 97th Lane) St. John. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic social distancing and attendance guidelines by our federal state and local authorities will be followed. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in William’s name would be appreciated. www.elmwoodchapel.com. (219)-365-3474.


Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in William’s name would be appreciated.https://themmrf.org/

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Celebration of Life
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:00 pm

"I am very sorry for the loss of our very special family member! I will always love my Uncle and appreciate all the times I got to visit with him. Love you all! "
- Nykol Dugan
June 17, 2020 10:15 pm

"Second cousin Gary - My parents (Martha & Don) thought the world of your family and you. Distance and careers kept “our generation” from being as close as our parents’, but I always enjoyed seeing you and your folks at our too-infrequent family gatherings. You would have enjoyed stomping thru the Tennessee woods with your dad and I A couple years back looking for - and finding - our great granddad’s grave. That was sooo cool. Your dad had been there before and insisted it was out there. Sure enough, we eventually found it. We also found The family’s log cabin near by. Even cooler. Way way cooler. Gary you were a good man and from what I’ve heard out here in California, a good husband, father and business partner. I trust you are in a better place. If you seem my mom, or yours up there, tell ‘em they’re missed. "
- Mike Roberts
June 18, 2020 12:57 pm

"Our deepest condolences to the Kirkland Family. Willie is a great friend, co-worker, and brother in Faith. I will miss him dearly. We only pray the Lord's comfort to the entire Family. We pray that Cindy will be surrounded by loving friends and family. One day Willie, we will all meet "when the roll is called up yonder " . God bless all Tony and Maria Samardzich Prescott Valley , Arizona"
June 18, 2020 7:02 pm

Candles Lit
"Sorry for ur loss. Hugs and condolences to the family."
- Tiffany and John Bowdish
June 17, 2020 10:11 pm

"I love you Uncle Gary! "
- Nykol
June 17, 2020 10:16 pm

"Thinking of your family,during this difficult time. All my love"
- Laura Matthias
June 18, 2020 12:28 am

"You were a very special man. We love you miss you so much already. "
- Amanda Kirkland
June 18, 2020 12:57 pm