Dennis R. Kirchhoff 81, of Tripoli, died Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, at NorthCrest Specialty Care in Waterloo.
Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Friends may call from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17th, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made in his name to a charity of the donor’s choice. Cards may be sent to Mardell Kirchhoff at Mallard Point, 2603 Orchard Dr. Apartment 337, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613.
Dennis Richard, son of Erwin and Dorothy (Chapin) Kirchhoff, was born March 18, 1934 on the family farm in rural Tripoli. He received his education in the Tripoli Schools, graduating from Tripoli High School in 1952. On September 20, 1953 he was united in marriage with Mardell Meswarb at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Tripoli. Dennis and Mardell made their home on the family farm that Dennis grew up on. He was a dairy farmer for many years, and during the 1980’s and 1990’s he worked also as a field man for AMPI Creamery out of Fredericksburg. He retired in 2000. He is a lifelong member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, where he served in various offices on the church council, including president. He was very instrumental in founding Tripoli’s FFA chapter. He was a 4-H leader, and served on the Board of Directors for Farmer’s Butter and Dairy Co-op. He loved bowling, making birdhouses, and was a comedian in the Variety Show in Tripoli for many years.
In addition to his wife, Mardell of Tripoli, Dennis is survived by four children, Judy (Ruben) Muniz of Waterloo, Mike (Sue) Kirchhoff of Sumner, Kraig (Lisa) Kirchhoff of Independence, and Kristi (Rick) Foelske of Tripoli; ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vernon (Verona) Kirchhoff of Tripoli.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.