Kirk N. Wochner, 69, of Bloomfield, NY passed away peacefully with his wife, Cynthia, by his side. Their last words shared were “I love you.”
Kirk is survived by his mother, Lewessa Sorem of Fairport, NY; his children Chris (Tricia) White, Diane Cook, Jennifer (Jack) Brockway, Ronald (Mary) Wochner, and Jessica (Joshua) Grout; his grandchildren Faith, Diana, and David Brockway and Madison Cook. He is also survived by his brother Stan (Carol) Wochner, sisters Georgia (Joe) Beyer, and Gretchen Wochner, as well as several nieces and nephews.
His children and grandchildren where his pride and joy. He often felt more at home at the “kids table” at holidays, goofing off and playing games. Any pigtails or ponytails got the usual teasing tug from “Kirkie”/Daddy/Uncle/Poppa. He was quick to brag on their accomplishments to others, and treasured all gifts from them, from scribbled toddler drawings to something grand.
He loved tinkering, and “puttering around” on his many varied projects. His pride for a job well done showed through in his craftsmanship. He was always dreaming of the next building project, new chicken coop, or antique vehicle to work on.
Kirk preferred larger breed dogs, and teased about those “yappy, ankle biters” until he developed a soft spot for his Pomeranians, especially his service dog Lady.
He had a deep love of God, and a strong sense of care and community. While coming off as gruff and eccentric, he was tender and generous. He’d give all he had and then some to help make sure loved ones and those in need were cared for and protected.
Kirk was a proud Veteran of the Army and Navy. He served two consecutive tours in Vietnam while in the Army, and most often spoke of his time in the Navy serving on the U.S.S. Saratoga, amongst other stations. However, his greatest military honor, was to support his son Ronald during his Army Service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had a tremendous heart and compassion for fellow veterans, and to support families of his fallen brothers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Kirk N. Wochner to Operation Restored Warrior online at operationrestoredwarrior.org
A memorial service will be held Wednesday February 13th at Word of Life Christian Fellowship, 3374 Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623 at 11:00 AM with reception to follow.