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Obituary: Kirk R. Stetson 1925 - 2012
Kirk R. Stetson
Kirk R. Stetson

Kirk R. Stetson went to be with the Lord on November 22, 2012, preceded in death by his son Lorrin in 2009 and his beloved wife and partner of 63 years, Bunni, in September 2012. He is survived by his daughter Charlinda Stewart, son Eric, sister Cynthia, 3 grandchildren Iain, Cameron and Abigail, and one great-grandchild, Maxwell.

Kirk was born September 26, 1925, in Rochester, New York, where his father Paul was an engineer at Kodak and mother Lois looked after the family. He grew up involved in Soap Box Derby racing, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout) and church life.

He became an engineering student in 1943, was in the Naval ROTC, graduated in 1945 and was commissioned in the Navy where he served in the Pacific until 1946. At this time Kirk met the love of his life and future wife of 63 years, Bunni.

Kirk taught mathematics from 1946 to 1948 at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. During this time he became interested in medicine. In 1949 Kirk and Bunni were married and he entered the University of Rochester Medical School, graduating in 1953. Daughter Charlinda was born in 1952 and sons Eric in 1954 and Lorrin in 1957.

After internship Kirk and Bunni signed up to serve on a mission station in Rhodesia, Africa, where he ran the hospital at Mt. Selinda from 1956 to 1973. During this time he positively affected the lives of thousands of Africans, both physically and spiritually. They are lovingly remembered by these people to this day.

After returning to the USA in 1973, Kirk set up a medical practice in Flagstaff, AZ, where they lived until retiring to Cottonwood, AZ in 1992. In retirement, serving others remained his life’s work and they returned to Africa for two years. Kirk worked with Indian Health Services in Arizona, and in Cottonwood at the free clinic at Old Town Mission. After letting his medical license go, he joined Gideon Bibles and Habitat for Humanity until he fully retired in 2004. Life remained busy and full. Throughout his fulfilling life his Christian faith and his drive to help others have been his guiding lights.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Verde Baptist Church, 102 S. Willard Street, Cottonwood, Arizona.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Northern Arizona Hospice, 203 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326 (in memory of his loving wife Bunni and son Lorrin) and to Gideons International, PO Box 1065, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: Alice Stattman

I just saw this obituary, today, 12-15-12. Dr. Stetson was my doctor when I lived in Flagstaff. I remember our visits always ended with a prayer. He and Bunni were amazing people and true Christian.

He also helped me to get my dog a Rhodesian Ridgeback that I had for many years. I move to Cottonwood in 1989 and after he and Bunni moved here I would run in to them occasionally.

With my first husband we would get together with Char and Duncan. They even gave us a slide show from the days living in Rhodesia.

My prayers are with the family.
Alice Butterbrodt Stattman

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Carol Ebersole

I knew Dr. Stetson when we both volunteered at the Old Town Mission medical clinic. He was an outstanding physician and will be missed and remembered.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Colette Bebee Merchant

I knew Bunni, and Dr. Stetson when I was a teenager growing up in Flagstaff, they were both such neat people! The life work that Dr. Stetson and Bunni did was amazing, they really gave of themselves as Christ teaches! I When Dr. Stetson arrived into heaven God must have said "well done my faithful servant'! What a wonderful legacy to leave their loved ones, and all of us as an example!

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