Kirkor Yilancioglu, age 83, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, November 17, 2017.
Kirk was born March 18, 1934 in Istanbul, Turkey to the late Bedros and Nivart Yilancioglu. He grew up his adolescent school aged years in Turkey. In 1957 Kirk graduated from Robert College in Istanbul, then was granted an education immigration visa to come to the USA to study at the University of Delaware. Kirk completed and received his BS in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1959. Kirk then was sponsored, received his citizenship, and was hired by DelDOT.
Kirk's nearly 60 year career in civil engineering started with the DelDOT Highway Department-North District, where he held increasing responsibilities as a Civil Engineer, Chief of Survey, Area Engineer, and North District Engineer. He worked in the construction/engineering of the Delaware Turnpike (met President Kennedy)/I-95, I-495/Wilmington Bypass, and numerous other Delaware highways. He loved his occupation so much that after retiring from DelDOT in 1988, he resumed working for Century Engineers in Dover. For the last 29 years, Kirk worked as Chief of Surveys at Century Engineers. Kirk’s expertise and knowledge enabled him to contribute to numerous high-profile projects, including the SR1 ‘Relief Route’, Roth Bridge, and, most recently, the Route 301 'Middletown Bypass' project. Even at 83, Kirk drove daily from North Wilmington to Middletown for his love of work. Because of his accomplishments, respect from peers, and contributions to Delaware’s highway system, in 2005 Kirk was inducted into the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) - First State Section Hall of Fame.
Kirk and his wife Mary were married for 50 years. They loved spending time with their families, enjoyed traveling the world, and spending lazy weekends at Cape Henlopen and Rehoboth beaches. While providing for his traditional family, Kirk loved teaching his sons how to fish, watching them play little league baseball while cracking peanuts in left field, and simply being the bedrock foundation of his family. Kirk enjoyed fishing Delaware’s coastal waterways for Stripers, Flounder, and Bluefish. Kirk also loved backgammon, crossword puzzles, and sudoku.

Kirk came to this country to study, work hard, and raise a respectable family. Kirk lead by example and always did the right thing. Kirk was humble yet principled, modest yet spiritually wealthy, strong yet gentle, and quiet yet full of wisdom. Kirk always spoke from intelligence and experience; never haste. Kirk lived his life for the better of his family and ultimately died, still providing for his family, while living the American dream.
Kirk is survived by his sons Peter and Ara, his brother, John (Onnik) Yilanjian, brothers and sister in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as his beloved grandchildren, Mark and Natalie Yilanjian.
Friends may call on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808 where a memorial service will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are enthusiastically encouraged to:
St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Armenian Church in Philadelphia,The American Cancer Society or The American Society for Highway Engineers-First State Chapter.