Wayne Kirchhoff

Wayne Kirchhoff

Friday, November 30th, 1934 - Monday, August 5th, 2019
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Wayne Kirchhoff, 84, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Monday, August 5, 2019, at Atlantic Specialty Care.

Wayne Johnny Kirchhoff was born on November 30, 1934, in Bear Grove Township, Cass County, Iowa, the son of Walter McKinley and Marie Hattie (Beisser) Kirchhoff. He was baptized at Fletcher Chapel. He was the youngest of three brothers, and was always happy to share times of when his siblings weren’t the nicest to him but it seemed you never heard the story go the other way. Wayne attended Bear Grove #9 through the 8th grade, and graduated from Lewis High School in 1951. Following graduation, he joined the National Guard Reserves and was later stationed in Germany with the United States Army.

He took an active role in the family farming operation after his return from the service. Every day for years he kept a journal and made notes on the calendar about what happened on the farm that day from the weather to any work that was completed. Never officially retiring, Wayne was hopeful to be back out observing harvest or pulling a grain wagon this fall. His countless hours in fields led to his hobby of hunting arrowheads; sometimes tilling an area multiple times to find other parts to an arrow he had previously found. His ability to spot them in the soil was incredible; even more so after losing one of his eyes in an accident in 1971. There were times where he would be in the field and go back to investigate what he thought he saw that no one else did. Wayne was able to piece together an almost complete arrowhead, only one small chip out missing, from his field over the years. In later years on the farm he became the “Meals on Wheels” for the younger generation; either going out to pick something up or going home to make it and then return to the fields.

In 1985, Wayne started experimenting with wood carving and building. At first, he started with clocks, and then started the replicas of barns and local landmarks. He later named his hobby, Kirchhoff Mini-Farms. In the last 39 years he has constructed 126 barns and wooden tractors. His meticulous detailing of every last piece left others in awe of what he had created. His wooden tractors, so flawless they appeared to be metal, left people saying there was no possible way he did that all out of wood. Within the last five years he donated a good portion of his work to the Cass County Museum in Griswold for all to enjoy. He looked forward, even after his first stroke, to taking the time to be at the museum so that he could share the history and craftsmanship that went into each piece with the visitors.

Even though Wayne never had any children of his own he was an active part in his nieces and nephews and their family’s lives. Many picnics were enjoyed by the timber at the farm and also at Wayne’s World Park, south on Highway 71. The family gathered there for many years for a New Year’s Day Breakfast and always etched into the wood on the shelter what the temperature was that day; one time being below zero. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, canoeing, snowmobiling, hunting, and getting away to Canada on fishing trips. Wayne was one who told it to you straight even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear, and would tell his opinion to anyone, it didn’t matter who. His openness of his feelings led him to being one heck of a back-seat driver!

Wayne is survived by his brother, Delbert Kirchhoff of Atlantic; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kirchhoff of Griswold; nieces and nephews, Darla Conn of Atlantic, Donna (Rodney) Cook of Lewis, Darrell (Becky) Kirchhoff of Atlantic, Danny (Kim) Kirchhoff of Lewis, Jeffrey (Teresa) Kirchhoff of Lewis, Delilah (Jeff) Heuton of Atlantic, David (Michele) Kirchhoff of Lewis, Drue (Karen) Kirchhoff of Griswold, and Dwaine (Jennie) Kirchhoff of Atlantic; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie Kirchhoff; brother, Glenn Kirchhoff; and sister-in-law, Darlene Kirchhoff.

Visitation, with the family present, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019, at First Assembly of God Church in Atlantic. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to First Assembly of God in Atlantic and the United Congregational Methodist Church in Lewis.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Wayne's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com

Click on this black link below to view Wayne Kirchhoff's interview
dated 1/25/2019 with KMA on his amazing miniature barns display.

Kirchhoff's amazing miniature barns on display

Wayne Kirchhoff
November 30, 1934 - Bear Grove Township, Cass County, Iowa

August 5, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa

At the age of 84 Years, 8 Months & 6 Days

Pastor Sharon Guffey-Lewis

10:00 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019
First Assembly of God - Atlantic, Iowa

Jan Highfill
Rick Lienemann

“Here I Am Lord”
“In the Garden”

Darrell Kirchhoff
Danny Kirchhoff
Jeffrey Kirchhoff
David Kirchhoff
Drue Kirchhoff
Dwaine Kirchhoff

Roy Smith
Doug McLaren
Edwin R. Jensen
Larry Steffens
Kurt Haupert

Roy and Lorane Smith
Royal and Shirley Bierbaum

Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa

The family invites you to join them for a luncheon in the
fellowship hall following service at the cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Roland Funeral Service
    204 E. 5th St.
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 10:00am
    First Assembly of God
    1913 East 22nd Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Sharon Guffey-Lewis
  • Interment

    Atlantic Cemetery
    63119 White Pole Road
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Reception

    First Assembly of God
    1913 East 22nd Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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Posted at 07:44am
Hello Kirchhoff Family,

What a kind and loving gentleman was Wayne! His good-natured personality was the sparkling jewel in his crown of neighborly friendliness. His gift of hospitality was always on display whether it was entertaining the Bear Grove Blazers 4-H Club with an invitation to view his creative woodworking talents or his friendly wave as he drove past our farm.
May joy overflow in each of your hearts as you continue to reflect on the goodness of character that was lived by Wayne.

Fred and Janine Knop

Dana Kunze

Posted at 12:27am
I always enjoyed Wayne's sense of humor and talking about his current project. I will never forget getting to see him at the Cass County Museum early this summer. He loved sharing his remarkable work with all who attended. Catching him in his shop was always the best because he was so comfortable there. Never were the visits there just a quick stop. He would bounce from one stack to the next explaining complications as he went.

Though he took pride in his work, it was always second to his family. He loved you all so much and lit up when he talked about each of you. Another great man is gone. Another great library has burned. Rest in peace my dear, talented, and skilled friend.

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