It is with great sadness the family of Mike Kirik Jr. announce his passing on July 22, 2021, after a courageous battle with dementia. Mike was born on Dec. 26, 1940, to Mike Sr. and Anna (Kucko) Kirik and was raised on the family farm in Hatch Hollow.
After graduating from Wattsburg High School in 1958, Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably for four years. He returned to the Union City area after his enlistment, met and married his wife Candace (Candy) Turner, and they raised three children, Dan, Theresa, and Lisa.
Mike began working at Electric Materials in North East as a tool maker to support his young family. His family moved to their home in Union City in 1966 and he went to work at Aero Flow Dynamics in Corry as a methods engineer until the company moved in 1970. Mike was then employed at Snap-Tite Quick Disconnect in Union City where he worked as an industrial engineer. While at the QD plant Mike was recruited to start the Snap-Tite plant in Erie where he designed a machine for aluminum block manufacturing. A year later Mike returned to the QD plant in Union City until making a lateral move to Snap-Tite Hose in 1981. Mike earned two patents for hose manufacturing while in that position. Although he never had a formal education, Mike was blessed with a God-given talent for engineering and management. He retired from Snap-Tite Hose in 2003, ending his career there as plant manager. Mike was always proud of his accomplishments as a farm boy from Hatch Hollow with no formal education.
Although he had many accomplishments in his life, Mike was the proudest of his family. He and Candy spent many hours cheering on their children and grandchildren in various activities. After retiring Mike spent his "free" time caring for the many animals he loved, enjoying his small hobby farm, and tinkering in his machine shop. He had many skills and was always willing to help anyone, be it family, friends, or perfect strangers. Mike was a lifetime member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers John, George, Joe, and Bill Kirik; as well as one grandson, Anthony Meyers.
He is survived by his wife Candy; children, Dan (Amber) Kirik, Theresa (Scott) Meyers, and Lisa (John) Meyer; siblings, Ann Ranyak, Mary Thomas, Ruth (Lee) Ramsdell, and Richard (Cecelia) Kirik.
Surviving grandchildren include Michael (Cortney) Bullen, Douglas (Allana) Kirik, Grant (Rachael) Kirik, Ashley Meyer, Brett Meyer, Cayla Meyer, Allan Meyers, Emma Wilcox, Ethan Wilcox, and Elaina Wilcox. Surviving great-grandchildren include Olivia Kirik, Owen Kirik, Axel Kirik, Austin Kirik, and Ashton Bullen. Mike is also survived by his longtime neighbors and friends, the Frontera family.
The family would like to thank the employees and caregivers of the VA, Asercare who provided Hospice, and Corry Manor for the exceptional care they provided.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, July 30, beginning at 2 p.m. at the American Legion in Waterford (120 W. 4th St.) with an Honor Guard Ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mike's name is requested to your preferred animal shelter due to his lifelong love of animals.