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Kirby Steven Shofner

Kirby Steven Shofner, 56, of International Falls, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at home with his family. Born on April 27, 1956, in Bemidji, MN, he graduated from Bemidji High School in 1974.

He and Shawndra (Shawn) Frederick were married in Las Vegas on April 27, 1991.

He was a career U.S. Postal Service employee, as was his father Russell Shofner, who predeceased him. In his many roles, Kirby served as a mail carrier, supervisor in Bloomington, MN, and postmaster at Ely and International Falls, MN. On his retirement in April 2011, he was manager of postal operations. His long Postal Service career was one month short of 34 years.

Kirby was a devoted proud husband and loved being “Dad.” His greatest joy was supporting his children and watching them grow into kind, generous, strong, and successful young people.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed spending time on summer weekends with his family at Diamond Island, Rainy Lake, pulling the kids on the tube, water skis, kneeboard, and wakeboard.

Kirby looked forward to annual summer camping and fishing trips with his high school buddies. Their annual Grouse Out event in Bemidji every September was a great time. In the winter, he liked to ice fish and do home improvements.

He was an enthusiastic golfer, spending countless hours on the International Falls golf course with some of his very best friends.

A gifted musician, Kirby was never shy about singing and playing his guitar and harmonica for audiences large or small. He was also dedicated to his loyal canine companions Maggie, Houston, Buster, and Winston.

He will be remembered as a true-blue friend, and deeply missed by all who knew him.

Kirby is survived by his wife Shawn, sons Benjamin and Brandon, daughter Breanna, mother Marguerite Shofner, brother Keith (Ellen) Shofner, sister Diane (Norman) Pettis, parents-in-law Dick and Renee Frederick, sisters-in-law Paula Clifford and Lynnea (Larry) Dahlgren, nephews Jeremy (Colby) Pettis and Colt Dahlgren, and nieces Cassie, Alex and Randie Clifford.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 15 at First Lutheran Church in International Falls.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society-International Falls building project, Rainy River Community College Foundation, or a charity of choice.

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Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls, is in charge of arrangements.