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Fred M. Kirchhoff
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Obituary for Fred M. Kirchhoff

MICHIGAMME, MI - Fred M. Kirchhoff, age 74, of Michigamme, entered eternal life Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Born September 21, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frederick and Vieno (Heino) Kirchhoff, Fred was raised in Chicago. He enlisted in the US Coast Guard, serving stateside from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1971. He returned to Illinois where he was employed as a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy for 22 years. An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, Fred relocated to the Upper Peninsula in 1987, settling in the Champion area where the family farm was located. He purchased the Streaked Water Resort on Lake Michigamme and operated it for over 25 years. Whenever possible, Fred could be found in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, or trapping. He enjoyed gun collecting and was very proficient and meticulous with his gun work and collection. This also went hand in hand with his hunting abilities as he did do some taxidermy work with his hunting trophies.
Fred is survived by a son, Fred J. (Sara) Kirchhoff of Grand Haven; a daughter, Leah R. Kirchhoff of Sault Ste. Marie; his grandson, Frederich James Kirchhoff of Grand Haven; sisters, Susan I. (Paul) Schuh of Michigamme and Jan L. Smith Kirchhoff of Moscow, ID; nieces and nephews, Sonja Schuh and son, Derek, and Connie (Han) Smith and son, Wyatt; and JoAnn (Hayden) Kirchhoff, partner of 42 years and caregiver. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Matt E. Kirchhoff.
Honoring Fred’s request, no services will be scheduled.
Memorials may be directed to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at

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D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund

425 Fisher Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855

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