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“Samantha. I am one of Chase's sisters. I know of you. If you email me at and confirm your identity by telling me your...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy White - South Lyon, MI

“9/28/16: On the third anniversary of your passing into eternal life, I do so wonder how it is going for you. 'How are you' seems like a silly...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy White - South Lyon, MI

“I just discovered that Charles has passed. I would greatly appreciate it if Benjamin or Lucas would contact me. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: samantha - CA

“Here is to a year in heaven:) ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: mary kelly - sister

“My name is Cindy, I am Chases' second wife. So funny because we got married four years after we were together. Chase and I shared many adventures in...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Kae Berry ( KEnnedy) - CA

“chase was always full of fun for us . he stopped by often upon returning out west. one of my favorite memories of chase was when he had cindy and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: walt and linda schramski - MI

“Just remembering being 13 or 14 years old. My dad was driving to work about 2 hours every day. Our house had one way windows, so I could see him...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Lucas Tschirhart - Josephine, TX

“"Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep" Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy White - South Lyon, MI

“Part 2 of 2: I remember Chase's courage in this struggle to regain his health and establish his life when he returned to California. He never had a...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy White - South Lyon, MI

“Part 1: I am 8 years older than Chase, so he was only 10 when I left home. I remember that as a kid, Chase seemed to lack a fear of consequences,...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy White - South Lyon, MI

“Well, one of many more to come, I guarantee it dad. I remember when we were roofing John Newman's house. He had left, and took the ladders,, you were...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Lucas Tschirhart - Josephine, TX

“Back in our early teen years, some Shetland ponies wondered to the farm. Chase came to the house to find me. "Come on, Mary, let's ride these ponies...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Kelly - houghton lk, MI

“Uncle Chase I remember coming back to live in Michigan for a while as I was an adult, I vividly remember him coming over to my parents house to come...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Booms - MI - Niece

“I can remember when we were children and it was snowing outside. Chuck would go out for a head start at making snowballs to throw at his sisters. :) ...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: joann sengstock - MI - Sister

“When Pamela was born, Chuck was about five years old. He cried, because she was not a brother. His heart was set on a brother. One of his oldest...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Joyce Koglin - MI - sister

“Ah, CharlesTschirhart, there will never be another man like you. Nope. Not on earth and not in heaven. You were one of a kind. So, here is to you,...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: mary kelly - houghton lake, MI

“I miss you already little brother But ..........when were kids I did have my fun with you. One memory that you reminded me of this summer was "the...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Sallie Reithel - MI

“One of my favorite memories is riding in Uncle Chuck's car when I was maybe 3 years old or so. We were going to pick up Aunt Sharon from college and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Uphouse - Pinckney, MI

“One of the funniest memories I have of my dad was when I was in college. We were using my truck to pull a trailer to help a friend of his move...a...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Lucas - Josephine, TX - Son

“One of my favorite memories of uncle chuck was playing baseball in the front yard at grandma and grandpas. I always wanted him on my team,...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea chase

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.