Kenneth "Kenny" Hirsch, age 58, was removed from his loved ones' lives at home on March 2, 2014, after a heroic battle with lung disease/cancer with his wife by his side.
Kenneth Lee Hirsch was born on March 27, 1955, in Minot, N.D., to Oscar G. and Marian J. Hirsch. As a small child, he and family lived in Germany, New York, and Georgia before his father took an Army position in Grand Forks, N.D. He attended his school years in Grand Forks and graduated in 1973 from Central High School. He returned to school and attended what was then called the EGF AVTI, earning a welding degree in 1980.
He worked various jobs in Grand Forks which included managing the 120 Club before moving to Oklahoma City and beginning his truck driving career in 1982. He was employed as a concrete driver by Dolese, Inc. in Oklahoma City and Porta-Mix Concrete in East Grand Forks, Minn., after returning to Grand Forks. After the flood of '97, he took a year off to assist with the damage and renovation of his home. When that was completed, he began working part time at C&R Laundry driving the out-of-town routes as well as at Wal-Mart unloading trucks in the warehouse until his health began to decline and he started to receive disability in 2010.
He loved his family and the many close friends he had made over the years. He was very happy in his role as father to his daughters and especially proud when he was dubbed "Papa" by his two grandchildren. He loved to ride his Harley until his health made it too difficult and enjoyed "putzing" around the yard and house at his leisure. His friends and acquaintances number in the hundreds and he enjoyed his visits with each and every one of them.
He began dating his wife-to-be, LoAnn Hull, on Jan. 1, 1978, and they married on Jan. 9, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nev. They had made their home in Oklahoma City from 1982 until 1987. They returned to Grand Forks to give birth to their first daughter, Kady Leigh, in 1987. Their family was completed in 1991 with the arrival of Kelsey Joy.
He is survived by: his wife, LoAnn; his children, Kady (Rico Harris) Hirsch and Kelsey Hirsch; his grandchildren, Destiny Rose and Easton Kenneth Sime. Immediate family members include: mother, Marian; brother, Roger (JoAnn) Hirsch; sister, Susan Davidson; maternal uncles, Theodore (Marlene) Willis and James (Ardy Langord) Willis, all of whom will mourn his passing. Also surviving him are: his mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Lois and Richard Nordean; sisters-in-law, Laurie (Brian Larson) Hull, Robin Flegal, Kelly (Guy) Balow, and Terri (Steven) Balaich. Extended stepfamily in-law survivors include: Kathie (Rod) Kvasager, David (Susan) Kennedy, Deb (Kevin) Embury, Roxanne (Kevin) Baker, and Pam (Tim) Schwanz. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews are also left behind.
Preceding him in death were his father, Oscar; paternal grandparents, George and Annie Hirsch; maternal grandparents, Theodore and Hilma Willis; uncles, Edward Hirsch and Gary Willis; aunt, Gloria (Willis) Olson; father in-law and stepmother-in-law, Myrton and Colleen Hull; stepbrother-in-law, James "Jimmy" Kennedy; and many dearly beloved friends.
Funeral services: Will be Friday, March 7, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at University Lutheran Church, 2122 University Ave., Grand Forks.
Interment: Will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, in the spring.
Visitation and prayer service: Visitation will be today, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. Visitation will continue Friday, one hour before the service, in the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Altru's Hospice Program, Grand Forks, in Kenny's name.
An online guest register may be signed at (www.amundsonfuneralhome.com).