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The Dispenser of Knowledge has left the building. Harold L. Kirchman, age 87, died at home on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, as a result of congestive heart failure. He was born October 28, 1925 to Louis and Wanda Kirchman in Algoma, WI. In 1943 he graduated from Algoma High School. In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, after working on the family farm for two years.
Harold attended St. Norbert College and graduated from Oshkosh Teachers College in 1952. He began his teaching career at Nicolet High School. In December 1952 continuing his career at West De Pere High School, where he retired in 1989 as the school librarian. The love of the school remained with him throughout his life time. Red had a passion for travelling abroad and throughout this country; domestic travel meant camping. Harold never missed the first day of trout season and loved fishing. He also enjoyed golfing.
In his later years, Red enjoyed watching sports. He was able to tell you how many football games were on TV in a weekend. He personalized the games by choosing a hero for every game. A Yankee loss was a good day, and a book was his permanent companion. He also enjoyed looking out his living room window at the variety of songbirds and his family of turkeys.
Harold is survived by his wife Mary (Kasal) Kirchman of 60 years whom he married December 27, 1952; his children: David (Ana) Kirchman, Carol (Steve) Schauer, Robert (Bonnie) Kirchman, Mary Beth (Rick) Jerovetz, and James (Ellen) Kirchman; eight grandchildren: Danielle (nee Schauer) (Zach) Gooch, Kelly (nee Schauer) (William) Wildenberg, Alicia Schauer, Andrew Kirchman, Abigail, Kirchman, Sarah Kirchman, Jason Jerovetz, Joanne Jerovetz, and Amy Kirchman.; and five great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters Isabelle (Joe) Buhr and Margaret (Wayne) Wodsedalek; numerous nieces and nephews and especially close to his niece Carol Boraiko.
Harold was preceded in death by his daughter Jo Ann (age 16); brothers Allan, Louis, and Jerry; sisters Wanda, Corrie, and Joyce Grasley; and his in laws Charles and Dorothy Kasal.
Friends and family may visit on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 321 S. Madison St, Green Bay. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at church. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Kirchman family. In lieu of flowers the Kirchman's ask individuals donate to their favorite charity in honor of Red.
Mary would like to extend a special thanks to: daughters Carol and Mary Beth, son-in-law Steve Schauer and good friend Donnie Dequaine. Thank you to Dr. Bruce Fenster and a special thanks to the staff at Unity Hospice and St. Vincent Hospital.
Published in De Pere Journal from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, 2013