Jack L. Newkirk, age 96, of Independence, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Country Place Senior Living in Independence. A memorial graveside celebration of life will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Dr. Dyton Owen of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1186 and American Legion Post 139. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS 67301. The family of Jack Newkirk has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence. Obituary and online condolences may be found at the funeral home website, webbfamilyfuneralservice.com