A memorial service was held Friday, June 20, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cedarburg.
A memorial service will also be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.
Memorial gifts will be accepted for the “Kirk Strong Kids to Camp Memorial Fund” at Pilgrim UCC, 1621 Second Ave, Grafton, WI 53024.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
Mr. Strong was born Dec. 21, 1964, in Stevens Point, a son of Joseph Strong and the late Jean (Obst) Strong. He graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1983.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1987, receiving the Chancellor Leadership Award. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from CUNY (City University of New York) Brooklyn in 1989.
After college he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and worked with the “New Candid Camera” TV show, among other projects on the West Coast.
He was married to Mary Jennings in July 1994.
The couple eventually settled in Cedarburg where they lived until divorcing in 2012.
He began his own business, Strong Interactive Media, in March 2000, with the company later becoming Smart Interactive Media. He was president and CEO until its sale in July 2013.
He was recently employed as director of marketing for American Paper and Packaging, as well as Fastrack.
He had a lifelong love of music, wrote songs, played guitar and sang in numerous bands throughout his life, most recently with “the Merkins.”
Kirk also enjoyed fishing, playing hockey, as well as spending time with his family, especially his two children, Zander and Maddie.
He was a sponsor and mentor in AA and actively involved in Pilgrim United Church of Christ.
Survivors include two children, Alexander and Madison Rose Strong, Cedarburg; his father, Joseph F. Strong, Cape Coral, Fla.; one brother, Brian (Martha), Wisconsin Rapids; and two sisters, Pamela (Tim) Dieckman, Menomonee Falls, and Paula (George) Slattery, Raymond, Wis.