Al & Cheryl Klerlein
I posted my memories of Kirk on the Theta Chi email. My warmest thoughts to all of you- family and friends. I know how proud he was of you, Kristen. He must have been over the moon with his grandsons. His death was a real shock to both Bill and I. My first thought, was how true the statement is that we remember most how a person made us feel. Kirk always made me feel special. While there are referrals to his liking the ladies - the adjectives suave and debonair are used. In my experience Kirk Patchel was a true gentleman. He made me feel relevant. I loved him, and I regret that we did not try harder to stay connected, regret is the most poignant part of grief.
The thing was, during my college years my family was living in Indiana, so Kirk's presence always helped my to remember the years in Philadelphia. As has been mentioned we both loved the Philadelphia sound and yes we could both Stomp to the Dovells and others. He was always suave and debonair and he taught me a thing or two.
His being in the Army helped me during my Ft Bragg experience. You could always count on him helping people out of jams
Keeping in touch is always hard after an experience like being a Theta Chi brother at Wake Forest, and keeping in touch with Kirk was no exception. I only wish I knew he lived in Chesapeake City,MD. Doreen and I live about 40 miles away.
Rest in Peace, Brother
Big Nels (Jeff Nelson)
~ Jim & Trish Davidson