Jack L. Kirchhoff, 86, died Feb. 18, 2014. Memorial services were Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel in Council Bluffs. Private interment was at St. Paul's Evangelical Country Cemetery.
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Jack was born Oct. 25, 1927, in Council Bluffs, to J. Harry and Ella Raduenz Kirchhoff. He was raised on a farm near Council Bluffs with his brother, Richard and two sisters, Joan and Gloria. He attended grade schools at Lone Pine and Keg Creek before moving to Glenwood, where he graduated from high school in 1945. Following graduation, he joined the Army and served in the paratroop division. From early on he was fascinated with planes and flying. He spent time in Japan and the Pacific area. After his Army service, he sailed as a merchant marine in the Mediterranean area, Venezuela, both U.S. Coasts, Gulf of Mexico and ports near Baton Rouge, LA. He sailed on tankers with Standard Oil and other companies. Jack sailed around the world. After becoming ill, Jack spent many years in the Veterans Home in Knoxville, Iowa and later at Pleasantville Care Center, Pleasantville.
He is preceded in death by his parents; childhood brother Richard; sister Joan Cunningham and her husband Patrick; nephew Rick and great-niece Lisa. Survivors include his sister Gloria Kirchhoff of Bennington, Neb.; nephew Michael of Madison, Wis.; niece Donna and her husband Bill Boyd, and their two girls Carol and Jennifer of Austin, Texas; niece Karen Cunningham and her son Ricky of Pensacola, Fla.
Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home and Crematory
545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Feb. 26, 2014