Obituary- Richard Dale ‘Dick’ Kirkhuff
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 5 for Richard Dale “Dick” Kirkhuff, who died peacefully Oct. 1 at his home in South Lake Tahoe, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.
A 25-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, he was a regular winner at the Stateline poker tables. Mr. Kirkhuff was born Feb. 25, 1927, at Van Nuys, Calif., to John and Ethel Kirkhuff. He grew up with three sisters and three brothers, including his twin brother Bob. He attended Canoga Park High School and served in the United States Army in Germany in 1945. While in the service he worked in communications, which lead to a 30-year career with General Telephone and Electronics.
Mr. Kirkhuff studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he met his future wife, Joan Karleskint. Together they raised seven children in and around the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. He was a loving husband to his wife and a good father to his seven children. His love and good humor will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joan Kirkhuff of South Lake Tahoe; daughters and sons-in-law, Kate and David Coulter of Berkeley, Calif., and Theresa and Dennis Drury of Sebastopol, Calif.; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and April Kirkhuff of South Lake Tahoe, Dennis Kirkhuff of South Lake Tahoe; Timothy and Cyndi Kirkhuff of Simi Valley, Calif.; Vince Kirkhoff and Stephanie Francis of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Pat and Anne Kirkhuff of Portland, Ore.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, Oct. 5 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. The family will host a celebration of his life following the service from 1 to 4 p.m. at the family home.
In lieu of flowers Mr. Kirkhuff had requested that everyone plant and care for a tree with their families.
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