OBITUARY

John "The Dent Guy" Kirsch

December 17, 1963September 22, 2020
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John "The Dent Guy" Kirsch, 56, of Exeter Township, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after a valiant fight against Leukemia. He was the loving husband of Renae Kirsch, with whom they shared over 27 years of marriage. The couple married August 7, 1993.

Born in Toms River NJ on December 17, 1963, he was the cherished son of the late Louis Claude and Julieanne (Danko) Kirsch.

John attended Exeter High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately afterwards. John was of the Catholic faith and a long-time parishioner of St. Catharine of Siena Church.

In addition to his wife Renae, he is survived by their daughter Jessica Danielle Kirsch and their son Brandon John Kirsch.

John had an incredibly positive attitude and the ability to make the best out of impossible situations. He was an honest, humble, kind, hard working man who put his family first and foremost. He took pride in hard work which drove him to be a successful business owner. John was the proud owner/operator of 'The Dent Guy' in Reading where he and his wife worked side by side every day.

John was a very involved father. He helped coach his son’s Central Catholic football team as well as his daughter's softball team at St. Catharine of Siena School. His children could always count on him to be there to cheer them on at every one of their sporting events as well as all other major events in their lives.

John had a deep appreciation and love for the outdoors. He loved camping, boating, jet skiing, fishing, and family vacations. John was an Eagles fan and enjoyed watching football as well as Nascar. However, above all else John was a devoted family man and absolutely treasured spending time with his family.

John's loving spirit will be carried on not only by his wife and children but also by his two sisters Laura A. Seibert and her husband Gary, of Exeter Township; Nadine M. Poper and her husband Russell, of Blandon; three brothers Louis J. Kirsch and his wife Faye, of Rolesville, NC; Kenneth J. Kirsch and his wife Patricia, of Collegevillle; Robert K. Kirsch and his wife Mary John, of Melbourne, FL; 2 sister in-laws Jennifer Wunder and her fiancee Tim of Boulder, CO; Michelle Panfile and her husband Dominick of Gilbertsville; 2 brother in-laws John Kaas and his wife Amy of East Coventry; Michael Wunder and his fiancee Becky of Douglassville; his mother in-law Kathleen Wunder of Stowe; and step mother Barbara Sykes of Kinston, NC. John also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

Family and friends will be received in St. Catharine of Siena Catholic Church, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading, PA 19606, on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 12:00 PM, with Monsignor Edward Domin officiating.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, Reiffton. It has been an honor caring for John and his loving family at this very difficult time.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.aumansinc.com for the Kirsch family.

  • FAMILY

  • Louis Claude Kirsch, Father (deceased)
  • Julieanne (Danko) Kirsch, Mother (deceased)
  • Renae Kirsch, Wife
  • Brandon John Kirsch, Son
  • Jessica Danielle Kirsch, Daughter
  • Laura A. Seibert, Sister
  • Gary Seibert, Brother-in-law
  • Nadine M. Poper, Sister
  • Russell Poper, Brother-in-law
  • Louis J. Kirsch, Brother
  • Faye Kirsch, Sister-in-law
  • Kenneth J. Kirsch, Brother
  • Patricia Kirsch, Sister-in-law
  • Robert K. Kirsch, Brother
  • Mary John Kirsch, Sister-in-law
  • Jennifer Wunder (Tim), Sister-in-law
  • Michelle Panfile, Sister-in-law
  • Dominick Panfile, Brother-in-law
  • John Kaas, Brother-in-law
  • Amy Kaas, Sister-in-law
  • Michael Wunder (Becky), Brother-in-law
  • Kathleen Wunder, Mother-in-law
  • Barbara Sykes, Step Mother
  • John also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

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Services

  • Family & Friends Greeting

    Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 2, 2020

Memories

John "The Dent Guy" Kirsch

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Dyan Correll

September 30, 2020

Renae, Jess, and Brandon,
Being a part of your family means the world to me. From vacations together to simple cookouts and game watching in the garage. We always had fun. Watching the two of you grow, to become wonderful humans, put a glow in your dad’s eye. He was always so proud of you. Renae, John loved you more than words can express. Know that he is always with all of you. Remember the good times and the lessons he taught you. Strive everyday to be as awesome, as he always was. Thank God everyday for the life you were able to spend together. John will be greatly missed. He’s an amazing man, husband, father, doggie dad, and of course dent remover. Love you all very much and am deeply sorry for the loss of John.

Kevin Calabria

September 30, 2020

Renae, I am so saddened to read of the passing of John. He was a really good man. I liked him from the first day I met him. Thank you so much for sponsoring teams in the West Reading Girls Basketball Leagues. I still see The Dent Guy shirts around town. Jess and Brandon I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad loved you so much. Be assured I will pray for your Dad. I have lost a friend and I am really sad.

Donna Kamp

September 29, 2020

John is the husband of my best friend Renae and the Dad of their children Jess and Brandon. We have been friends since 9th grade. When I say we, I mean Renae, John and I. John is the most special and kindest man I have ever met. He helped me out during some of the toughest times of my life. We all share special memories of boating in Delaware that I will never ever forget. John was the captain of the boat. To the sun, the stars and the moon. He always made sure we all had a good time. I have so many fond memories of our special times spent together when Renae and John were dating, when Renae and John got married, when Renae and John went on vacation, when Renae and John took me boating, when Renae and John and our families went camping, when John would always help me with my car issues, I could go on and on and on. I love him and I love all who know him. I know you are all hurting and grieving. I try to understand how and why things like this happen to the best people. We will all miss him and this hurts deeply. He is at peace and he deserves that. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, your friend, Donna

Shappy Irwin

September 29, 2020

Having been your next door neighbor for several years, until 2008, I had the great pleasure of getting to know John, Renae and of course Jess and Brandon. John was the most kind, helpful and generous neighbor and friend one could ever ask for!
Even after moving we have kept in touch and just this spring, John did work on my car and seemed in such a great place with his amazing attitude and continuing fighting spirit with his illness and the many physical hurdles he has had to overcome. I cannot even imagine his family’s sense of total loss and feeling of being lost without him. My heart goes out to you all in this so very trying time.
John fly free of the pain and suffering you endured for so long. You are a true angel now.

Ken Kirsch

September 29, 2020

John was my big brother and the bravest man I ever knew. My childhood would not have been the same without him. We played pranks on the neighbors, football in the afternoon and whiffle ball at night. He taught me how to shoot a BB gun, bait a hook, change a tire, ask a girl out on a date, and a few other things that will remain unsaid :). We rocked to Bruce Springsteen and burned rubber in his orange Dodge Dart with the "secret compartment."

As kids in Cressona, we raced our homemade "frankenstein" bikes and had skid contests down Elmer Avenue, and sledded down Donald Drive when it iced over. It was perfect.

My best recent memory was August 2019 when we went to the Mark Knopfler concert in Philadelphia. John was expecting a night of Dire Straits classics, but he hung in there when his rock concert turned into a night of folk music. I last saw John at Christmas. He wasn't feeling well but you'd never know it. That was what made John special. You and your problems were always more important than anything he had going on.

God bless Dear Brother. You've earned your rest. We'll miss you but we know you have dents to bang out in Heaven.

Jane Glenn

September 29, 2020

I really don’t have a memory. Just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear if you’re loss. Having just suffered a loss also recently and not being allowed or part of it hurts and makes the closure difficult. I worked with Renea and currently work with Brandon and I am here if you guys need anything. Again truly sorry for your loss!

Terry Eagles

September 29, 2020

Dear Renae, Jessica, Brandon,
My heart breaks for all of you. Your family was such a close, loving and happy unit with John being the loving head of your family the way God intended. John was a wonderful man. He was funny and pleasant and loved life. He was totally dedicated to the three of you and you to him. You all have so many wonderful memories of your life together and sometimes that may feel like a curse right now but it is such a blessing. You are all loved by many inluding me. May God give you strength to cope with your loss.

Love,
Aunt Terry

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Raystown Lake

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Captain and his first mate

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Raystown Lake

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Captain and his first mate

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Vacation

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birthday dinners

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weekly arm wrestling

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Jessica's Prom

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Always an adventure

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Tanner, Jake and Jules never gave him any space ;)

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John's employees are part of his family.

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