Kirk Bernard Nolte, 79, of Wheeling, WV, formerly of Sun City, SC, died on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Liza’s Place, Wheeling, WV.
He was born May 14, 1940 in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late Bernard George Nolte and Verne Bero Nolte. He was a Protestant by faith.
Kirk was a 1958 graduate of Triadelphia High School. He also was a college graduate of WVU where he played on the WVU golf team and was a member of the Army Reserve. He was a retired superintendent and general foreman at Wheeling Corrugating’s Beech Bottom plant for over 30 years, a former comptroller at Stoney Hollow Tire and, in his later years, a player assistant at the Oglebay golf courses.
His passion was the game of golf. He loved competing and playing the game. He had nine hole-in-ones during his career and not only played in many tournaments, but was a winner several times.
Kirk won the Highland Springs club championship in 1963, and won the Bernhardt’s golf tournament in 1964 and 1968. His two-day score of 133 in the Bernhardt’s was a record that held from 1964-1972. He won the men’s club championship at Oglebay Park three times in the 1960s and one time in the 1990s. In 1982, he finished in the top 5 in the West Virginia Open played at Berry Hill Country Club in Charleston, WV, and in the 1990s, he finished in the top 10 in the West Virginia Open played at Speidel Golf Course in Wheeling, WV. In the 1990s, Kirk qualified for the West Virginia senior amateur championship division several times, and was a semi-finalist in the 1990s in the championship division; he was a 2003 silver division winner and a 2005 runner-up in the silver division. He won the West Virginia alumni golf championship in 1990-1991.
He was runner-up to the Cooey Bentz amateur golf classic six times and was a best ball winner at the Bernhardt’s, Ohio Valley Window, United Dairy and Figaretti’s amateur championships.
He was medalist, senior medalist and senior best ball champion at the Bob Robinson Automotive Group amateur classic in 2005 at the age of 65, which was a huge accomplishment. Other senior event victories were the Cooey Bentz, United Dairy, Kingwood, Bernhardt’s and TJ’s Sports Garden. Other best ball senior victories were the Stoney Hollow, Scott Lumber and Play It Again Sports.
Kirk’s biggest golf achievement and award was being inducted into the Legends of Golf in 2006.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in- law, Justice Thomas B. Miller, and a sister-in-law, Diane Cook.
Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Bonnie Jo Ray Nolte; two daughters, Kristin Diane (Stephan Dale) Summers and Lisa Marie (Robert Lynn II) Walters; four grandchildren, Caden Michael McClements, Joshua Carter McClements, Sienna Vaughn Summers and Logan Donovan Summers; his sister, Vaughn Miller; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends received on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV (304 242-2311). Friends then received on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon at Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, WV, with the Rev. Jake Steele officiating. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.