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 Ralph Louis Kirchen, Jr

Ralph Louis Kirchen, Jr

Birth
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Death 8 Feb 1997 (aged 63)
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Burial Key West, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 66514817 · View Source
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Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - February 9, 1997
Mr. Ralph L. Kirchen, 63, 2063 North Star Drive, died at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 1997, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph's Unit.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Road. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where arrangements are pending. The family requests no flowers.
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Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - February 10, 1997
Services for Mr. Ralph L. Kirchen, 63, 2063 North Star Drive, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Road. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Asbury, Iowa, where there will be a flag presentation by the American Legion Post 6, of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a Resurrection Catholic Church parish Christian wake service at 4:30 p.m. He was born on Dec. 8, 1933, in Dubuque, son of Ralph L. and Dorothy (Heller) Kirchen Sr. He died after a long and courageous battle with muscular dystrophy at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 1997, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph's Unit.
He married Alvara "Vi" E. Wiederholt on Aug. 22, 1961, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wis. He grew up in Dubuque, and graduated from the former Loras Academy in 1951. He then attended and graduated from Carroll College, Helena, Mont., in 1956. He has been disabled with muscular dystrophy since 1974. Prior to being disabled he was an elementary and high school teacher in various locations for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He also worked at the Telegraph Herald as a writer and librarian from 1967-74. He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church and was an Army veteran, having served in the Korean conflict. Surviving are his wife, Alvara "Vi" E. (Wiederholt) Kirchen; a son, Kevin R. (Sarah) Kirchen of Rock Island, Ill.; two daughters, Lisa C. (Mark) Krieg, of Dubuque, and Lynn K. (Randy) Tschiggfrie, of Rockwall, Texas; two grandchildren, Katelyn Tschiggfrie and Benjamin Krieg; his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Kirchen, of Dubuque; and a sister, Janet (Dick) McQuillen, of Dubuque. He was preceded in death by his father. The family requests no flowers. A Ralph L. Kirchen Memorial Fund has been established by his family.


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  • Created by: CJ
  • Added: 5 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66514817
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Louis Kirchen, Jr (8 Dec 1933–8 Feb 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66514817, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by CJ (contributor 46936035) .