Kirby Puckett

Puckett, Kirby Age 45, of Scottsdale, AZ Formerly of Minneapolis, MN.

Survived by daughter, Catherine Puckett and son, Kirby Puckett, Jr. both of Edina, MN; fiancée, Jodi Olson and her son, Cameron of Scottsdale, AZ; 3 brothers, Charles Puckett of Chicago, IL, William L. Puckett of Zion, IL, Ronnie (Melva) Puckett of Oak Lawn, IL; 3 sisters, June (Tommy) Sinkfield of Kenosha, WI, Frances Hunter and Jacqueline (George) Moore both of Zion, IL; aunt, Salitha Smith of Norfolk, VA; lifelong friend, Darryl Hughes of Atlanta, GA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by father, William A. Puckett; mother, Catherine M. Puckett; and brothers, Donnie & Spencer Puckett.

Family and MN Twins plan a celebration of Kirby's life on Sunday, March 12th at 7pm at the Metrodome.

In lieu of flowers donations to the American Heart Association, 4701 West 77th Street, Mpls, MN 55435, or Kirby Puckett Memorial Fund, C/O MN Community Foundation, 500 Fifth Street Center, 55 Fifth Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101-1797. Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Published in Pioneer Press from March 10 to March 12, 2006.

Kirby Puckett Obituary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kirby Puckett died Monday, a day after the Hall of Fame outfielder had a stroke at his Arizona home, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 44.

Puckett died at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kimberly Lodge said. He had been in intensive care since having surgery at another hospital following his stroke Sunday morning.

Puckett carried the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991 before his career was cut short by glaucoma. His family, friends and former teammates gathered at the hospital throughout Monday.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term."

"He played his entire career with the Twins and was an icon in Minnesota. But he was revered throughout the country and will be remembered wherever the game is played. Kirby was taken from us much too soon - and too quickly," he said.

Published in 2006 The Associated Press