Kirby Kaufhold

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Kirby M. Kaufhold, 66, of Belleville, IL, born November 14, 1957, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO after a six-year battle with cancer.

Kirby was a sign and pictorial painter. He was a member of Painters Union 774, St. Louis, MO, and was a business representative of Painters District Council 2. Kirby began his painting career at just 16 years of age, learning sign painting at Bob Blair Signs, in his neighborhood.

Kirby was known for making everyone laugh and he made friends wherever he went. He loved tending to his gardens and all the wildlife that frequented his yard. After retiring, he was known for collecting and selling vintage items, many of which he restored by hand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorraine “Larry” and Bernice, nee Boskamp, Kaufhold; his grandparents, Bernard and Veronica Boskamp and Theodore and Cecelia Kaufhold; and a sister-in-law, Deborah Purviance Kaufhold.

He is survived by his sister, Karen Kaufhold of Fairview Heights, IL;
his brother, Kevin Kaufhold of Belleville, IL;
a niece, Corey Kaufhold of Hopewell, AL;
and many cousins and friends

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, or to your favorite wildlife or animal fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The family wishes to thank Dr. Douglas Adkins and Toni Rachocki at Siteman Center for Advanced Medicine, also to the Nurses and Doctors of Barnes Parkview Tower Oncology on the 11th floor, for their excellent care.

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.


15 Comments on Kirby Kaufhold

Jay Nicks said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2024 at 7:34 PM

Kirby was a great guy. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Venice
  • Florida
Shawn Shepherd said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2024 at 11:55 AM

Kirby was a fantastic friend to my son, Donny, and I. He gave Donny his 1st official nickname, Knothead, after accidentally dropping him on the bowling alley floor. He was so upset he insisted on taking him to the ER and paying all the bills. Many of us spent a lot of weekends together at the club house and he always kept us entertained, especially the kids who loved messing with him. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone, never saw him without a smile, and I never distrusted anything he told me. Kirby was one in a million and I'm glad to have called him my friend! Rest easy, buddy, you earned it!

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Skip Downen said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2024 at 12:06 PM

Kirby was such a great guy. Always brought a smile to my face whenever we got together.He will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Betty and Bill Meyer said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2024 at 6:51 AM

Dear Kevin, So sorry to hear of Kirby's passing. Prayers to you and family.

  • IL
Kathy Frawley said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2024 at 10:10 AM

Karen, My heart goes out to you and all the family for the loss of your brother. Kirby was a fighter. Wishing you and your family peace during this difficult time. RIP Kirby

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Keith Hempen said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2024 at 5:44 AM

The news of Kirby’s passing truly saddens me. Having served with him for many years on the Local 774 executive board I think I can speak on behalf of our members past and present and say that we will always be eternally grateful for Kirby’s leadership, guidance and representation. He worked tirelessly as our local union business representative and health & welfare administrator, so that all of us could have the best shot at life, both on the job and beyond. My prayers go out to the entire Kaufhold family. If I could say one more thing to Kirby it would be “Thank you for being such a great mentor and friend! Sail On brother! See you on the other side! ~ Keith Hempen: Former Vice President Local 774

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Suzanne Downen-Schwahns said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 1:53 PM

So sorry to hear about Kirby. As a family of many sign painters (my father, uncle, cousins and my late husband Kenny) I feel I can attest to what a good job he did for all of us in LU 774 but more importantly, what a good friend he was and just an all-around great guy. Poor Kirby attended so many funerals of sign painters and their family members over the years he should be sainted! So sorry for your loss.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Cathy Schiller (Bryant) said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 1:28 PM

Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about Kirby. Sending prayers.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois (IL)
Debbie Dahm said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 9:19 AM

Kirby was my high school sweetheart. We were connected at the hip. We had so many good times together. I am so very sorry to hear of him passing. He was a good guy.

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Cheryl Crowe said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 7:38 AM

I am so sorry about your loss. Kirby was a kind, funny and happy part of my youth in Belleville. He was a great friend and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Morton
  • IL
Jim Wolf said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 7:07 AM

So sorry for the lose of your brother. My prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in pease, Jim

  • Swansea
  • ILL
Angela Barritt said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 12:36 AM

Karen, Kevin, and Corey, We are so sorry to hear about Kirby’s passing. As Sarah said, we always loved seeing you all at family gatherings when we were young and will remember what a nice man Kirby was. My parents (Phyllis and Jim Simpson) shared this sad news with us and we want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you can find peace in your memories, smiles, and laughs as you cope with this loss. Angela

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sarah Sancken (Simpson) said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2024 at 10:03 PM

Dear Karen and Kevin, I am so sorry to hear about Kirby. My dad (Jim Simpson) always talked highly of him. Growing up, he was always so nice to my sister and I when our family saw each other. We are praying and thinking of you during this difficult time. Dwight, IL

  • Dwight
  • IL
Tom & Gerri Raab said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2024 at 7:24 PM

Karen, Kevin & Corey We are sending love and prayers to you. We are sad to hear of Kirby's passing. May all those happy memories of him help you through this sad time.

  • Carlisle
  • PA
Jack Oesterle,Jr.. said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2024 at 1:45 AM

Dear Kevin, Karen, & Corey. We are so sorry for the loss of Kirby! I knew him in St. Mary's School, & Belleville West High School, "Played Tennis" He was a friend to everyone! I had the pleasure to have known him! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri

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