The Obit For Kirk Kirchhoff

Elmer L. "Kirk" Kirchhoff

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on February 15, 2011

Elmer L. "Kirk" Kirchhoff of Arlington Heights Visitation for Elmer L. "Kirk" Kirchhoff will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.

Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Born on Dec. 10, 1921, in Mount Prospect, to William F. and Lillie (nee Oldenburg) Kirchhoff, he passed away on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Arlington Heights. Mr. Kirchhoff was a dairy worker at Bornhoff Dairy for 25 years, followed by 25 years at Lutheran Home and Services.

Elmer was a Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and played semi-pro baseball (Arlington Redwings), minor league baseball, and for the Navy team while stationed in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Kirchhoff was a member of the American Legion and Faith Lutheran Church and its Men's Club.

Elmer is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Kirchhoff (nee Studtmann), whom he married on May 7, 1949, in Mount Prospect; his children, Lynn (Russell) Hodgden of Glendale, Ariz. and Russ (Lynn) Kirchhoff of Naperville, Ill.; his grandchildren, Heather (Philip) Robarge, Jeffrey Hughes, and Adam and Benjamin Kirchhoff; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Tyson Robarge and Laura (Ryan) Drevlow; his great-great-grandchild, Gracelynn Drevlow; his sisters, Leona Harth and Dorothy (Chuck) Ringstrand; and his sister-in-law, Lillian Kirchhoff.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Florence (George) Schaefer and Herbert Kirchhoff; and his brother-in-law, Robert Harth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, Lutheran Home and Services, 800 W. Oakton, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; or the Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. For information and condolences, or 847-253-0168.