Kirk Yodzevicis

Kirk Yodzevicis, 48, of Gaylord,Michigan,  passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

He was born on May 18, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan; his parents are Karl and Elaine (Kozak) Yodzevicis.

He graduated from Novi High School in 1989, Alma College in 1993, and his law degree was from Ohio Northern University.

More than anything, Kirk loved his family.  He was so proud to be dad to Skylar, Ethan, and Jack, and husband to Shannon.

After family came everything else.  Kirk loved to read about history, baseball, and the history of baseball.  He was a lifelong devoted Tigers fan. He was a backyard astronomer who enjoyed spending time learning new things. He and Jack would often engage in lively intellectual discussions. He discovered a love for theater as a student at Novi High School and passed that love on to Skylar and Ethan.  They have all enjoyed being on stage with Gaylord Community Productions in various shows. Kirk had a huge network of friends and has sustained lasting friendships from high school and college. He was well regarded throughout the community. He was a friend to everyone he met to the point that he knew all the convenience store clerks in town by name and wiled away many an hour with the guys at 7-11. He had recently found much joy in training and spending time with his new puppy, Leo.

The impact he had on others with his humor, generosity, and friendship was real and he will be long remembered fondly by many.

Kirk is survived by his wife Shannon, children Jack, Ethan, and Skylar, his parents Karl and Elaine Yodzevicis and his sister Kristy (Rick) Acker.

A memorial service will be held Monday, November 4, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church, Gaylord, Michigan. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life, or to the children for a college fund, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Visitation and Service

First United Methodist Church

215 S. Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735


  1. Kelly Branigan October 29, 2019 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Shannon, Jack, Ethan & Skylar

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kirk was an amazing man who loved his family endlessly. My prayers are with you at this awful time.

    Eugene, Kelly & Linus Branigan

  2. Brian and Pat Goebel October 29, 2019 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Shannon, deepest condolences to you and your children. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Tim Hass October 30, 2019 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Ellen and I extend our condolences to you and your children.

  4. Barbara Jo Switalski October 30, 2019 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Shannon, Jack, Ethan and Skylar

    Mike and I are so saddened by your loss. May God Bless all of you at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Renee Fay October 30, 2019 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Shannon, Jack, Ethan, & Skylar, I cannot imagine your heartache. Praying for peace and comfort now and forevermore. So terribly sorry for your loss.

  6. Nancy Ely October 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Shannon, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Joe Johnston October 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    On behalf of Kirk’s brothers from the old Eta Nu chapter of Theta Chi fraternity/Alpha Pi Alpha, please accept our deepest condolences. Kirk was an outsized presence in so many of our lives, long after he was a student. His stories will live on forever, even as we miss him terribly.

  8. Jacob smith October 30, 2019 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Ethan and Skylar i am sooo sooo sorry about your dad. I know you will make it through💙

  9. Pam Awrey October 31, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

    First of all, my sincere condolences to Kirk’s family. I knew Kirk from working at 7-11. Always cheerful, witty and a great conversationalist. He was the proudest pappa on this planet. It was a great pleasure to have known you even for a little while……Peace and light Kirk.

  10. Jacob Petrucci November 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I met Kirk when he interviewed me for sunfrog shirts. He was the first friend I made there and am so so sorry to see he has passed. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  11. Margaret Albert November 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Shannon and kids,
    We are sorry to hear that your father and husband died. After a tough battle with his disease he’ll remain in your hearts with all the wonderful things he accomplished for and about you.
    Margaret and Jerry Albert

  12. Al & Sandy Glasby November 4, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Sandy and Al extend to the Yodzevicis family our sympathy for your loss. May you all find strength to endure. Life is a rehearsal for success with the stars in Heaven.

  13. Christine Gilling November 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I loved seeing your growing family and young children at the little Presbyterian Church a few years back. Kirk was kindly, friendly, giving. I later learned that he had greatly helped my daughter’s family several times with legal matters. What a loss to this part of the world in his leaving so early. My sympathies to you Shannon and your children.

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