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Merrill Kirchhoefer

Merrill Kirchhoefer, 97, of Waterloo IL, formerly of Nashville, IL, departed this life at the Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud, IL on March 4, 2021 at 7:55 A.M. He had attained the age of 97 years and 23 days.

Merrill was born February 11, 1924 in Marissa, IL, the son of Oscar and Johanna (nee Heberer) Kirchhoefer. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Boeschen on May 26, 1946 at Zion United Church of Christ in Addieville, IL and she preceded him in death on June 2, 2018.

Merrill attended University of Illinois, served in World War 2 in a Communications Company. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he joined his father and in 1969 when Oscar passes he became co-owner of Kirchhoefer Motor Co until 1990. Merrill was active in community affairs serving on the Nashville Community High School Board and Fire Department Board. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Lions Club; serving in various leadership positions within those organizations. He was an active member of St Paul UCC in Nashville, most recently attended St Paul UCC in Foraville. 

Left to mourn his passing are his two daughters, Cynthia S. Cramer and husband Glen of Waterloo, IL and Laurie L. Kissel of Niceville, FL; three grandchildren, Jeff (Sheila) Cramer of Highland, IL, Alysia (Daniel) Brinkmann of Waterloo, IL and Ryan (Finacee Julie Foster) Kissel of Savannah, GA; four great-grandchildren, Timothy Cramer of Highland, IL, Alexandrea (nee Cramer) (Tom) Smith of Pittsburg, PA, Micki (nee Brinkmann) (Austin) Bradley of Waterloo, IL and Ian Brinkmann of Waterloo, IL; great-great-granddaughter, Raelynn Smith of Pittsburg, PA; step great-grandchildren, Katlynn Busset attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana and Taylor Bussett of Highland, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister Geraldine Boeschen.

A private funeral service will be held at Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, IL on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 with Rev. Matthew Friz and Rev. Beverly Kahle officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Nashville, IL. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 110.

Since this is a private funeral, those that would want to honor in Nashville, we suggest wearing their St. Louis Cardinals attire around Nashville on Tuesday since Merrill was a VERY AVID Fan.

Should friends desire, memorials can be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Church in Nashville, IL, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Foraville, IL or a charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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