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Ralph H. Kirkwood

July 24, 1924 — March 30, 2020

Dr. Ralph H. Kirkwood, age 95, of Dawson Sprnigs, KY passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Tradewater Health and Rehabilitation Center, Dawson Springs, KY. Dr.. Kirkwood was born on July 24, 1924 in a log cabin on Mount Hebron Hill in Caldwell County, KY to the late E.B. and Nellie Ashby Kirkwood. He practiced optometry in Dawson Springs for 38 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawson Springs, KY.

Dr. Kirkwood graduated from Coyne Electrical School in 1941. He then attended Murray State Teacher’s College and graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1950. He also did post-graduate work at the University of Saint Louis in Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Kirkwood is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa & Dennis Murphy of Bowling Green, KY.

Preceding Dr. Kirkwood in death are his parents; his wife of 68 years ~ Anna Lou Kirkwood; a sister ~ Virginia and two brothers ~ Ashley and Everett.

There will be a private graveside service for Dr. Ralph H. Kirkwood on Saturday afternoon, April 4, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Rosedale Cemetery with Elder Jeff Winfrey officiating.

Pallbearers will be Bill Lanham, David Lanham, Dennis Murphy, Jason Lanham and Billy Allen.

Friends and family may call Beshear Funeral Home at 270-797-5165 before 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 4, 2020 and request that the funeral home “sign the visitor’s book” for you or you may leave a “virtual gift” in Dr. Kirkwood’s name at

To join the service via web-cast you may log on to the Beshear Funeral Home Facebook page and choose “videos” at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 4, 2020.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ralph H. Kirkwood, please visit our flower store.

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