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Jasper L. “Jabbo” Kirkland, Jr.

Jasper L. “Jabbo” Kirkland, Jr., 78, of West Pittston, passed away on Saturday September 30, 2023 at his home. He was born in Monticello, Florida on February 9, 1945 and was the son of the late Jasper L. Kirkland Sr. and Hattie Mae (Holland) Kirkland.

Jasper served 6 years in the US Navy serving during the Vietnam War from 1963-1969. He retired from Keystone Automotive with over 20 years of employment.


Jasper enjoyed his life, he loved the outdoors, spending time in is garden, and enjoyed spending his free time with his loving family, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.


In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Linda Bray.


Jasper is survived by his wife of 22 years Mary Lou (Hancock) Kirkland, his daughters; Karen Luff and her husband David, of West Pittston, Kimberly Lombardo and her husband Tony, of Avoca and Kara Knight and her fiancé Ron Bulford, of Harding. Also surviving are his 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, his brother Eugene Kirkland and his wife Brenda, sisters; JoAnne Holland and her husband Hugh, Annette Paralta and Janette Griffin all of Florida.


Memorial services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday October 11, 2023 at the Maple Hill Cemetery 68 E. Saint Mary’s Road, Wilkes-Barre, with the AMVETS Honor Guard Of Greater Pittston providing Military Honors.


Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc. 255 McAlpine St. Duryea.


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