Chase Franklin Kennedy

  • Born: May 31, 1956
  • Died: September 28, 2013
  • Location: Salton City, California

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66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dad and Grandma

Chase Kennedy, born Charles Franklin Tschirhart, of Salton City, CA died on September 28, 2013. He is the son of Robert Leo Tschirhart and the late Magdalen Louise Tschirhart (Braun) of Port Hope, MI. Charles is survived by two sons Benjamin (wife Sarah) of Hereford, AZ and Lucas (wife Ashley) of Josephine, TX. Charles has six grandchildren Alli, Cole, Jacob, Eli, Jadyn and Abigail. He is also survived by his eight sisters Sallie Reithel (Wayne), Carol Stirrett (Wayne), Nancy White (Patrick), Linda Schramski (Walter), Joann Sengstock (Willard), Joyce Koglin (Don), Mary Kelly (Frank), and Pamela Neal (Bradley).

Charles spent his life pursuing his passions. As a young man he pursued his first love in life, which was football. He played high school, college, semi-professional, and attended multiple professional try-outs. He then spent several years in Texas discovering and developing a love for building, and enjoying the married life, (Sharon) and fatherhood. He moved to California at the age of 30 as a single man. There he would have many accomplishments. He was the founder and commissioner of calrecsports, and the biggest co-ed softball league in California. He changed his name to Chase Kennedy at the age of 36 to pursue an acting career. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Among many others, he made appearances in Dallas, Bakersfield PD, Vegas Vacation and Wayne's World II. The most enjoyable time of his life was coaching his two sons high school football team (West Shores Wildcats) to the CIF semi-finals. He then went on to coach women's softball at College of the Desert. After which he became a morning radio DJ in California City, CA, where he was well known by his listeners for his elaborate character voices, seven to be exact. He was also known for his morning catch phrase "MORNIN, MORNIN, MORNIN, this is Chase-Who's Your Daddy in the morning- Kennedy". After being remarried, (Cindy) he leased and managed a restaurant-dinner theatre in Mojave California, and started Hurkland Homes Incorporated, a successful, though short lived company building custom homes in California. His final passion in life, was writing books. Following his divorce with Cindy, he authored about 5 books illustrating his challenges as a parent, his battle with cancer and his encounter with Jesus during his late life struggles.

His hobbies were watching or playing sports, singing karaoke, and playing cards, but there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with his sons' families, and doing work around their houses, and on their cars. Those who knew him best knew him for the uniquely intelligent, multi-talented and wisdom instilling man that he was. His most impressive characteristic was his generosity. He was giving almost to a fault. Many times in his life he sacrificed his time, money and livelihood to help others. It was a tribute to his kind spirit, and his Christian belief system.

Chase (Charles) had an enormous impact on many people throughout his life. Aside from his immediate family, he had two ex-wives and five step children, those who played in his softball league, the student athletes he coached, his radio show listeners, and his employees who loved and respected him dearly. There will be a family gathering in his honor in Michigan on Saturday, October 12th. His remains will be laid to rest in Texas, in the weeks that follow.