PELLA, Iowa-One of Iowa's most well-known sporting families is grieving the loss of one of its own.
Kirk Korver, the youngest of the Korver brothers of Pella, has died at the age of 27.
Kirk is the brother of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver, and Cavs beat writer Joe Vardon reports that Kirk fell seriously ill last week. Kyle has been excused from the team to return home to Iowa to be with his family.
Kirk Korver starred for Pella High School and then went on to play Division I basketball at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
At Pella High School where Kirk was a 2009 graduate, school staff were remembering him, and grieving for the Korver family.
“It is a heavy day, The Korver Family is a an incredible family, that everybody in this community loves and respects, and reveres," said Jay McKInstrey, who is the Pella High Head Football Coach. "Kirk played for 4 years from 2005 to 2008, it was a treat and a joy to have him on our football team."
“Our entire UMKC Basketball family has very heavy hearts after hearing about the sudden passing of Kirk Korver,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said in a news release. “We all want to send our deepest condolences to his family. Kirk was an ultimate team player and had an infectious personality that we will all remember.”
Kirk's Father, Kevin Korver, is a Pastor at Third Church in Pella.
"We are grieving this loss as a church family but want to honor this sacred space for the Korver family. We appreciate your hearts, and the many questions that we are getting about caring for the Korver family. We want you to know that they are being surrounded in this time and their immediate needs have been provided for," from a news release from Third Church.
“The Korvers have been there for so many people, in our community in the past," said Wade Van Vark, Dean of Students at Pella High. "Me personally, my family they’ve reached out, they’ve lifted us up."
"When you think about Kirk, you just think about his joy for life, he was always upbeat,always smiling," said Eric Nelson, Principal at Pella High. "He was one of those kids who enjoyed life but always wanted to goof off a little bit, but then when he got on the athletic field, he competed at a high level."
If you'd like to leave an on-line condolence message, visit the Third Church website.