Leon H. "Chris" Kirchmann

Leon H. “Chris” Kirchmann, 66, of Sumner, died under hospice care on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Unity Point/Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Graveside services will be held 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014, at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner with Rev. Kali Hayslett officiating. Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner will conduct military rites. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. prior to services Friday at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. 

Leon H., son of Arthur and Wilma Niemann Kirchmann, was born January 10, 1948, at New Hampton, Iowa. He attended Sumner Schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1966, and later attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He served with the U.S. Army for two tours in Vietnam. Chris was a disc jockey in Chicago for a brief time prior to beginning a career in the printing industry that took him to Chicago, Lexington, Kentucky, and Richmond, Virginia. He returned to Sumner twelve years ago and has worked for the last ten years at Viafield. Chris enjoyed fishing, working with stained glass, photography, music, reading, hiking, and all things about nature.

He is survived by a brother, David Kirchmann of Urbandale; a sister, Margaret Allen and her partner, David Karaloff of Boise, Idaho; and a niece, Danielle Whitsitt.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents.


Denise Drury on August 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM said:

My heartfelt condolences go to the family of Chris. (Maggie David and brother David and Danielle)
Chris was my close friend and sometime mentor since we met in Brisbane Australia whilst on R & R during his both tours in Vietnam.
I was so pleased I could visit with Chris while he lived in Chicago and again in Boise Idaho a few years ago.
We remained in touch via email and phone and his humour and funny advice will be sadly missed.
Rest in Peace Matey...
Your friend forever......Denise

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