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“Prayers and thoughts always..So very heart broken Beth and Will.We love you all... ”
1 of 53 | Posted by: Donna Melvin - Aiken, SC - Family

“Norm and I grieve deeply with the family and friends of Kenny...yet despite the shock, we can't help but immediately draw up the fun, love, &...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Karin Wendell - S.Pasadena, FL

FATS trailhead, April 2010. L-R Ken, Ken, Toni, Tim, Hal. “So sorry for your loss of Ken. Was always a treat to ride with him when he showed up at the trail. I'll miss him much. May Jesus bring peace to you...Read More »
3 of 53 | Posted by: timothy fishburne - Sumter, SC

“Beth, I'm so sorry to hear that you have lost Kenny. I didn't know him but he had to be a great guy to have been married to you for 48 years! My...Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Madeline Cerrudo - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Beth I am so sorry for the loss of Kenny. I will always remember all the good times we had,fishing and going places. He was such a good guy. ...Read More »
5 of 53 | Posted by: Walt Cordina - Eutawville, SC

“So very sorry for your loss Beth. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 53 | Posted by: Jane Arrington - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Kenny was a good man, a kind soul, a thoughtful friend, and a joyful spirit. We are thankful to have known him and to have been friends, and we...Read More »
7 of 53 | Posted by: Laura Knotts - SUMMERVILLE, SC

“Sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 53 | Posted by: Rose Hadaway - Summerville, SC

“Dear Beth and Will, Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. Your family has always held a special place in my heart.Love, Ms. Ashley ”
9 of 53 | Posted by: Ashley Peters - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Beth, we are so sorry for your loss. Kenny was a great neighbor and he will be missed. ”
10 of 53 | Posted by: Ben + Kathy Daniel

“Dear Beth and Will We cannot fathom how heavy our hearts are for your loss. Kenny truly was a diamond in the rough. He's fixed our bikes,...Read More »
11 of 53 | Posted by: David Ernst - Mt Pleasant

“Dear Beth, Hal and I cannot find the words to express our deepest sympathy to you, Will, and Sydney. Kenny made our Surf Club all the more fun. He...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Karen and Hal Coste

“Dear Kirchner family - Danny, Teresa, & Chloe Wilds are so very sorry to learn of Kenny's passing. Even though we may not be close by, we still love...Read More »
13 of 53 | Posted by: Teresa Wilds - friend

“So sad to learn of Kenny's passing. The photos and video say it all. He did so much in his life and totally enjoyed himself. We will miss him.Susan...Read More »
14 of 53 | Posted by: Susan and Jim Radley - SC

“Hi,I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of all of Kenny and his siblings. He was a great guy. I often thought of him, even though it...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Beth Bell - Charleston, SC

“Beth, Will and Sydney,We are so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. We will surely miss him, as the memories of the years past come to mind. Kenny...Read More »
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“I am so very sorry for your loss and praying for peace and comfort for you and your son. I didn´t have the privilege of knowing Kenny but in...Read More »
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26 of 53 | Posted by: Sparky Witte

“I am So Sorry to hear about my friend Kenny passing! Love the whole Kirchner family! He will be missed by so many! Especially CCSC! He legacy will be...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: Sparky Witte

“I'm so sorry to hear about Kenny. We had some good times fishing and hanging out when we were much younger. Praying for your and your family ”
28 of 53 | Posted by: Diane Cordina - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Kenny always had a kind word and a smile to share. Beth Will and the entire Kirchner family our hearts are heavy for you. He was a wonderful man...Read More »
29 of 53 | Posted by: Jim and Lydia Owens - SC - friend

“Kenny was a shipmate and a friend. we spent many hours at sea and on the docks of the Charleston branch Pilots. Most of all Kenny was a character....Read More »
30 of 53 | Posted by: Manning Harvey - Charleston, SC

“Beth, Will and family, We can´t really find the words to express our sorrow and sympathy for you all. Capt. Kenny was a good man-bar none. Such a...Read More »
31 of 53 | Posted by: Bart and Lisa Lewis

“Friend ”
32 of 53 | Posted by: Richard Martin

“Dear Beth and Will, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Kenny was always such a good friend and wonderful human being. He will be sadly missed. ...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Dale & Roger Westerberg

“I offer my condolences. It was always a pleasure riding mountain bikes with Kenny at Marrington Plantation. He was always friendly and concerned...Read More »
34 of 53 | Posted by: Page Oliver

“Dear Beth and Will I am sorry to hear about the passing of Kenny! I know that he will greatly be missed by his loving family. Kenny will be...Read More »
35 of 53 | Posted by: Richard Martin

“Beth and Will, It was a privelige to know Kenny. He was such a genuinely great guy and the ultimate doer. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to shred...Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Sean Markey - North Charleston, SC

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38 of 53 | Posted by: Dick and Carolyn Trammell

“Beth, Carolyn and I were stunned to learn of Ken's passing. We knew that we hadn't seen him fishing behind our house lately, but attributed it to...Read More »
39 of 53 | Posted by: Dick and Carolyn Trammell

“Beth, I am so sadden to hear of your loss of such a great man and friend. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.Danny Rowland ”
40 of 53 | Posted by: Danny Rowland - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Another fine gentleman and fisherman gone from the area. When I first started fishing I used to visit and talk with Kenny at length in Haddrell's...Read More »
41 of 53 | Posted by: Riddell Perry

“While our paths did not cross often enough, I'll always remember Kenny as someone you looked forward to seeing. With that ever-present smile of his,...Read More »
42 of 53 | Posted by: Robbie Freeman - Charleston, SC

“For the past 46 years Kenny was a very much loved brother-in-law to all of the Brown family. He was always there for all occasions. His enthusiasm...Read More »
43 of 53 | Posted by: Bernie Brown - St. Petersburg,, FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
44 of 53 | Posted by: Judi Telecsan

“Dear Beth snd Will, I read with a heavy heart Kenny's obituary. I am so sad and my heart just goes out to both of you on the loss of this wonderful...Read More »
45 of 53 | Posted by: Rochelle Rutledge - SC - Student

“When we lived in Mt Pleasant Kenny would be walking by the house and would stop and we would compare notes on how our heart operations were doing. I...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: John Chiola - Holly Hill, SC

“Beth our prayers are with you and your family we pray GOD will be with you and keep you now in your time sorrow. ”
47 of 53 | Posted by: Buddy Campbell - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Beth Will and family we were so sorry to hear about Ken we have great memories camping and mountain biking he was a good friend so much fun to be...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Hal Detwiler - Summerton, SC

“Sorry for the loss of Kenny. I was Peggy Mc Inerny ”
49 of 53 | Posted by: Margaret Nickles Nickles - SC

“Beth, we are so saddened for your loss. We understand there will be no public service, please keep us on the list to attend when you plan a memorial...Read More »
50 of 53 | Posted by: gary visser - Sullivans Island, SC

“A very sad loss of a man who constantly gave of himself and his talent to be a friend and assistance to others. ”
51 of 53 | Posted by: gary visser - Sullivans Island, SC

“Dave and I are truly sad and had just been telling stories of Ken the other day, I wish I could have seen him more, he was always going, he truly was...Read More »
52 of 53 | Posted by: KATHY BRANCH - Mt Pleasant, SC

“What an incredible guy Kenny was! I will miss seeing him from time to time when running into him while on a walk...Always a friendly grin and a few...Read More »
53 of 53 | Posted by: Cheryll Woods-Flowers - SC

Kenneth J. Kirchner, born June 26, 1950 in Conway, South Carolina, passed away February 11, 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kenny leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Beth Brown Kirchner, and devoted son Kelly "Will" Kirchner (Sydney). He was the oldest of eight siblings, Frances "Sissy" Seyle (Ron), Donna Melvin (John), Ruthy NeSmith (Jim), John Kirchner, Donald Kirchner (Gina), and William "Pat" Kirchner (Lisa). He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly Kenneth Kirchner and Mary Martha Cavanaugh Kirchner, and his sister Cinda Seyle (Gary).

Kenny served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of the College of Charleston. He spent most of his career as a pilot boat captain with Charleston Branch Pilot's Association.

Kenny loved fishing, surfing, mountain biking, and being outdoors. He was part of the pioneering group of surfers in the Charleston area and was one of the fishermen instrumental in introducing saltwater fly fishing to the Lowcountry. Kenny loved being on or by the water. Kenny was blessed to have many friends and was beloved for his enthusiasm for life. He was a caring husband, a proud father, a loyal brother, an encouraging uncle, and a wonderful friend to many, always ready to lend a helping hand, fix a problem, or serve some of his famous fish tacos.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to East Cooper Community Outreach ( or South Carolina ETV ( Due to COVID, visitation is family-only, and a celebration of life will be held in the spring.