Kenneth Hirsig passed away at his home, in Danville, on Sept. 3, 2016.
Kenneth Lee Hirsig was born on Aug. 23, 1952, in Beloit, Wis., the son of Verona (Pitzschler) Hirsig and Edward Hirsig. Ken is survived by his older brother, Alan, and Alan's wife, Nancy; by his two nieces, Andrea and Carolyn; and by his great-niece, Aya.
Ken graduated from the University of Wisconsin--Madison in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In January 1975, he was hired by the U.S. Defense Department as a civilian chemical surety specialist, a job which took him all over, from Pine Bluff, Ark. to Johnston Atoll in the Pacific to Barstow, Calif., until he transferred to the U.S. Army's chemical facility in Newport, Ind., where he remained until his retirement in 2004. Ken is fondly recalled by his co-workers from Newport for his excellent organizational skills and his sense of humor. After retiring, Ken went back to school to study medical transcription; he volunteered in this field for many years at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.
Ken grew up surrounded by music; his mother, Verona, was a professional pianist who also taught students at home. As an adult, Ken loved to sing, adding his enthusiastic bass to the choir at Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville, where he was a member. Ken was known for his unique sense of humor and his hearty appreciation of jokes, which he loved to share with his family and friends. Sharing a good meal with friends was another favorite past time, especially if it involved traditional German/Swiss food. Other interests were photography and walking-- Ken participated in "volkswalks" all over the U.S. An avid lifelong reader, Ken was particularly fond of modern military and political history. He was also keenly interested in his own family history, his pursuit of the genealogy of the Hirsigs taking him as far as the town of Amsoldingen, Switzerland in search of his roots.
Memorial services for Kenneth will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., to be followed by a reception.
Published on September 12, 2016