Dean E. Kirchner, age 51, of Kankakee passed away Monday, December 27, 2021 at AMITA St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. He was born May 17, 1970 in Kankakee, the son of Steven and Martha (Scott) Kirchner. Dean married Jennifer Coppess on July 6, 2013 in Kankakee. 

Dean was the office manager for Kankakee Spring and Alignment. He was a graduate of Herscher High School. Dean was an avid sports fan, including the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Blackhawks. He loved going on his annual beach vacations. Most of all, Dean enjoyed spending time with his family and was the best papa ever. 

Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Kirchner of Kankakee; one son, Cody Kirchner of Kankakee; one daughter, Justyne Kirchner (Brad Preston) of Kankakee; his parents, Steven and Martha Kirchner of Kankakee; one stepson, Justin Sieling (Kirsten Barnette) of Carbondale; three step-daughters, Meghan (Andrew) Jackson of Kankakee, Jordan Sieling (Beau Adams) of Bonfield, and McKayla Bissonnette of Kankakee; one sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Billy Brundies of Kankakee; and four grandchildren, Rilynn, Maverick, Kinzley, and Jaxton. 

Dean is preceded in death by his grandparents and one niece, Tesia Hisel. 

Visitation was held from 3 p.m. until the time of the 7 p.m. funeral service on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. Deacon Leon Fritz officiated the service. 

Cremation rites were accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.