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Michael Kirchen

Michael Patrick Kirchen

Tuesday, March 17th, 1942 - Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Michael Kirchen, age 78, of Pleasant Prairie, WI, formerly of Fletcher, NC and Garrison, ND, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 28, 2020. Loving husband of Linda Kirchen (nee Bottema), loving brother to Mary Schaefer and the late James Kirchen, devoted father of Christopher Kirchen, Bryan Kirchen and his wife Carrie, and step-father to Cathie Johnson and her husband Eric. Proud Bubba (grandfather) to Crystal Bullis and her husband Tim, Dylan Johnson and his wife Megan, Maxwell Kirchen and Alexa Kirchen. Doting great-grandfather of Camden Bullis and Elliana Bullis.

He will be greatly missed by those who loved him. He proudly served his country with honor in the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant and earned the Bronze Star, he remained connected with his Military family through meeting regularly at the “Heroes Cafe”. Mike was a lifelong musician who passed his love of music on to his spouse, children, and grandchildren. He gave freely of himself and volunteered at a variety of organizations bringing joy, comfort, and laughter to others. Later in life he began writing with regular contributions to the Kenosha News and has been nationally published. He will be remembered lovingly as a patriot, devoted family man, talented musician, storyteller, and caring friend.

Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of life will be scheduled in the future.

Memorial donations in memory of Michael Kirchen may be made to Kindred Kitties of Kenosha, WI.

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5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Christopher M Kirchen

Posted at 08:17pm
Hey Bubba I miss you and Momma I love you and any time you need to talk I'm here. Love you.
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Ken Long

Posted at 09:11am
Mike really impacted my life as a great mentor and friend in the early days of my career. He offered wisdom and insight that contributed to not only my career, but my life. Clearly he cared about people, had a great sense of humor and you knew he always had your back. I received the usual Christmas letter from he and Linda this year, realized I hadn't spoken with him in a while and was shocked to find his obituary while googling for his phone number. I am so sorry for his loss. He may be gone but the contribution he made to my life, and I am sure many others, lives on.

Laura Pace

Posted at 01:05pm
Dear Linda,
I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He was one of my most favorite people on earth. When he lived in NC, he was so active in community projects, such an asset to our community.

My sincerest condolences,
Barbara Lackey
Beehive Cottages
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Nancy Koski

Posted at 12:56pm
Dear Linda, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Mike sure knew his music and I was lucky to enjoy both of you in our Strummer’s group - you both added so much to the music in our area. Mike made a difference in many positive ways to all who knew him. May you find peace and comfort in the loving memories of his life spent with you, family members, and many friends.
JB

Julie Balch

Posted at 11:31pm
I am so very sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a kind, intelligent man. I really enjoyed visiting with Mike and Linda. More recently I've enjoyed reading Mike's articles in the newspaper. Mike will be missed. Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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