September 6, 2023

John A. Kirkwood, 67, of Benld, Ill., died at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023. He was born July 26, 1956, in Belleville, to Martin Kirkwood and Jean Burns Kirkwood. He married Felicia S. Danis, and she survives.

He was a salesman and driver for Switzer Foods. John enjoyed bass fishing and tournaments.

He is survived by his wife, Felicia Kirkwood of Benld; children, Justin Kirkwood of Benld, Brittney (Kevin) Kirkwood Forsythe of Gillespie, Jonathan Kirkwood of Bethalto, Destiny (fiancé, Bobby Robbins) Kirkwood of Bethalto, Christopher Kirkwood of Benld, Felicia Kirkwood of Benld, Jackie Kirkwood of California; 13 grandchildren; siblings, Frank Kirkwood, Randy Kirkwood; mother-in-law, Margie Danis; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Krystall and Tony Fritz; uncle, John Burns of Prairie du Rocher; and two nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marty Kirkwood; and father-in-law, John Danis.

A celebration of life with a silent auction and luncheon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at DeStefance Events Center in Benld.

Memorials are suggested to Kravanya Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld is in charge of arrangements.

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