In Memory

Charles Henry "Chuck" Kirsch

Charles Henry Chuck Kirsch

      Charles Henry “Chuck” Kirsch

Charles passed away on January 29, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at a hospital in San Francisco, California where he had initially received treatment for cancer 17 years earlier. He was a native of Annapolis, Maryland and a resident of Stinson Beach, California. Charles attended his freshman year of college on a swimming scholarship at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He then transferred to Michigan State University. During his senior year, Charles married the former Janie Strieff and they moved to California where, a couple years later, they had a daughter. That union ended in divorce in 1981. On July 3, 1984, Charles married Margaux Logan Dolen at a Buddhist Temple in Japan. That 33-year union was blessed with a son and a daughter and ended with Charles’ passing. They followed the principles of Buddhism and were strong believers in karma and the golden rule. Charles was a life-long entrepreneur. He owned and operated Master Fasteners, a wholesale distributor of building construction products serving markets throughout California and elsewhere around the country. He always loved world music. Brazilian and Cuban jazz filled the home and was the soundtrack to his life.  Everywhere he traveled around the world he’d gather music from the culture and play it for his children. He loved the water. Charles was known as an avid swimmer in his youth and he watched the ocean daily from his beach side home in Northern California. He loved watching basketball and football and was inspired by the play of the Golden State Warriors selfless playing style. He enjoyed watching track and field and often attended the Olympic time trials in Sacramento. He passed along the love of sports to his children.  He was a voracious reader of Popular Science and loved to read about the latest in technology and political trends. Charles was a big proponent of the latest technology. He was one of the first of his generation with a car phone. first cell phone (90’s), and first electric car (2002 Toyota Prius) which he purchased new on the internet.   He was into Bitcoin in 2012 before many people knew about it. He loved science, math and the cutting edge of things; was into EMF (electric magnetic frequency) and had the first of the devices now used. He also owned an infrared type light therapy developed by Nasa which helped him heal during his extensive battle with complications after cancer. Charles was a big proponent of medical marijuana and the medical cannabis movement in California in 1996. He advised many people on the laws of medical cannabis in the 90’s and 2000’s. Survivors included Charles’s wife Margaux; his children Alicia, Kelsey and Andre’; his grandchildren Madison, Dalton and Collette; and his sister Christine.

Information from Margaux Kirsch in October 2022;; obituary for Florence Strieff on; and the Willard Library Newspaper Index online..

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10/27/22 07:43 AM #1    

Thomas Lusk

Never knew Chuck well.  But did know he was good guy.  My prayers to his family and friends who will miss him.  May the good Lord grant him Peace!

10/27/22 08:37 AM #2    

Ken Long

Chuck was not a personal friend,but was on the Bearcat swimming with him. He was a great backstroker.. He also did well at Bemidji State swimming. Chuck seemed like a "smooth" individual. I am sorry for his loss.

10/27/22 09:31 AM #3    

Jane Ballard (McCracken)

I knew Chuck, from 6th grade on, at Franklin Elementary.  Fridays were for talent shows, in our 6th grade class.  I'll always remember the time that Chuck and Jim Meredith made a cardboard bathtub.  Jim pretended he was in the bath and they both pantomimed to a recording of "Slish Splash I was Taking a Bath." Definitely hilarious.  At Michigan State, Chuck shared an apartment with Jim Nye, Denis Fuller and Rick Basso,,,Bearcats all.  Chuck's family home still stands, across from Battle Creek's only remaining Dairy Queen.  Lots of fond memories.

10/27/22 12:24 PM #4    

Linda Merrill (Jansen)

I remember Chuck as child when we were were growing up in Battle Creek. He an Bill Penty were good friends, and both of them were good guys. May your soal soar Chuck, and Karma will bring you peace!


10/27/22 01:46 PM #5    

James Wilcox

Chuck, A very talented athlete, everyone that followed swimming, a great musician, Fly Me to The Moon, a pleasure going through school with

10/27/22 08:52 PM #6    

George Young (Bolen)

I got to know Chuck from the swimming team,and a member of the High School Band.Chuck was a fun loving person and a good guy.

10/28/22 01:16 PM #7    

Douglas Pattullo

Chuck was a good friend all through high school.  Known as "Elf" to his friends, he was a swim team member in the winters and a fellow lifeguard in the summers.  We hung out together a lot with our crew.  His mom and dad were divorced and I can still remember visiting his mom and stepdad in the Detroit area...... small town kids roaming the big city!  Like is so often the case, we lost touch after high school.  I did know that he ended up out west but had no idea what a interesting life he enjoyed.  Not too surprised at his love of music.  Be with God my old friend!

10/28/22 03:16 PM #8    

Robert Davidson

I am so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. We hung out a lot together in Junior and Senior years along with Doug Pattullo and Tom West and several others. It certainly sounds like he had a very full life and lived in a beautiful place. RIP old friend.

10/31/22 11:15 AM #9    

John Jacobs

"Elf" was a good friend that always had that joyful smile on his face. I remember him most for teaching me how to appreciate jazz music when everyone else was listening to The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The last time I saw Chuck was when he unexpectedly showed up with Jeff Brackett at my home on Bristol Lake in 1976. Next day he headed back to the West Coast. Rest in peace my friend.

10/31/22 12:17 PM #10    

Michael Nogrady

I worked with Chuck in the Feed House at Kelloggs. He was a smart and very likeable guy.

Mike Nogrady

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