Clarence D. Kirchhoff

Mar 14, 2020
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Visitation and service will take place at a later date


Visitation and service will take place at a later date



To the family


Clarence D. Kirchhoff, 91, of Waterloo, died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

Clarence was born November 7, 1928 on a farm in rural Sumner, Iowa, the son of Henry and Lorena Boehm Kirchhoff. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952, receiving an honorable discharge.

Clarence married Marga W. Hofmann March 14, 1953, in Mainz-Kastel, Germany.

After graduating from high school, Clarence moved to California and worked for the city of Redding for four years until he was drafted in 1950. He went back to Germany in 1953 as a civilian to get married and came back to Iowa where he farmed for 12 years in West Gate (near Sumner). In 1965 in started working for Sears where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He later worked as a driver for various car dealerships in the Cedar Valley for several years.

He attended Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church for many years.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Marga of Waterloo; two sons, Tommy Kirchhoff of Cedar Falls, and Steven Kirchhoff (missing since 1978); four grandchildren, Jamie Shimek of Garland, Texas, Lisa (Nate) Wetzel of Cedar Falls, Laura (Drew) Whitehead of Waverly, and Jay Kirchhoff of Cedar Falls; and six great-grandchildren, Clare, Jillian, and Brenner Wetzel, Landon and Kendyl Whitehead, and Sully Oglesbee-Kirchhoff.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant great-granddaughter, Lillian Oglesbee-Kirchhoff; a sister, Lucinda Nuss; and five brothers, Frank, Elmer, Hollis, Robert, and Merrill Kirchhoff.

After his retirement he and Marga enjoyed traveling together and with their family, particularly their visits to Mazatlán, Mexico, and Germany, and many other memorable trips with their grandchildren. He went to the YMCA every day after his retirement to swim and exercise, which he did until he was no longer able.

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  1. Annette Hamm | Mar 19, 2020

    Ich bin unheimlich traurig, ich werde Clarance vermissen.

    Meine tief empfundene Anteilnahme an Marga mit Familie.


    Annette aus Harxheim, Deutschland

  2. Logan Buenger | Mar 16, 2020

    To the entire Kirchhoff family, so sorry for your loss, he lives in your hearts forever.  My condolences.

  3. Pam Kirgin | Mar 15, 2020
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family Jamie. Prayers for peace and comfort at this very difficult time. 

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