Eugene Joseph Kirchner
Eugene Joseph Kirchner was called into the arms of Jesus and reunited with his beloved wife Ellen on April 30, 2021. Born in 1936, married in 1957, he was the father of Theresa Sharp (Greg, Laguna Hills CA), Kate English (Portland, OR), Jeff Kirchner (deceased 1984), Emily Kirchner (Onalaska WI) and Scotty Kirchner (Portland OR). His grandchildren include Liberty, Betsy, Amanda, Jasmin, and Nicky. Great grandchildren include DJ, Abigail, Daisy, and Ophelia. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernie and Velma (Johnson) Kirchner, and by his siblings Ralph, Dorothy Althoff, Clarence and Norm as well as his son Jeff and his beloved wife Ellen. He leaves behind his siblings Ed, Jerry, Carol Pechacek, and Dan and many nieces and nephews. Gene was a veteran of the US Navy and spent most of his career in radio broadcasting.
Many in the area will remember when Gene and Ellen moved to Durand in October of 1986 to take over WRDN. Gene was born and raised around the Ellsworth and Prescott area and after a 30 year leave of absence purchasing the WRDN radio station in Durand, felt like coming home. Gene managed the station for the next 14 years, until 2000.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Gene donated his body to Mayo hospital for education and research purposes. Dickinson Family Funeral homes in Onalaska assisted with arrangements (https://www.dicksonfuneralhome.com). An avid sports fan, memorials can be sent to the Durand High School Baseball team. (Durand-Arkansaw School District: 607 7th Ave East, PO Box 190, Durand, WI 54736. Phone 715-672-8919)