Edward J. Kirches

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Edward J. Kirches, 89, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 7, 2014. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Jane, and daughters, Ann Tomaselli (Rick) and Jeannie Porter plus two granddaughters, Gabi Tomaselli and Katie Porter. His son, Scott, predeceased him in 1976.

Ed was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 20, 1924 to Harry J. and Edith Kirches. He joined the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division in 1942 and trained with the "ski troops" at Camp Hale in the Leadville, CO area. He served his country during WWII and fought in the battle of Mount Belvedere, Italy and the Aleutian Islands Campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star and discharged in 1945 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Ed was very active in 10th Mountain reunions and the annual Veterans' Day Parade. He enjoyed close friendships with fellow soldiers for the remainder of his life.

After the war, Ed returned to New York to attend Union College followed by New York University Law School. He became a member of the New York Bar in 1952. His love for the Colorado Mountains brought him and his family to Colorado Springs in 1958. He was employed at Shepard's Citations for over 30 years. He became Editor in Chief and retired in 1989.

Ed was a proud member of the AdAmAn Club. He was inducted in 1962 and climbed Pikes Peak on New Year's Eve for a total of 42 years. He looked forward to the climb every year and enjoyed the unique camaraderie the club embodies to this day.

Ed was a member of the Country Club of Colorado, El Paso Club, and Broadmoor Skating Club.

Please join us to honor and celebrate Ed's life and reflect on memories on Sat, July 26 at The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, 25 West Cimarron St., at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Memorial Hospital Foundation, Pikes Peak Hospice, or a charity of your chose.

Published in The Gazette on July 13, 2014
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