Warren Bernard Kirsch, 92, a native of New Orleans and resident of Baton Rouge since 1957, died peacefully at home Saturday, January 4, 2020. Warren was a graduate of Jesuit High School and Loyola University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War. He attended Tulane University where he earned a PhD in Chemistry. For 34 years Warren was a research chemist for Ethyl Corporation where he was granted several patents. After retiring in 1991, he enjoyed time with his family and especially cherished his role as a grandfather. He loved fishing, hunting and rockhounding, and he was a mainstay for many years at the Monday Morning Coffee Call group. He was a charter member of St. Thomas More and of St. Patrick Church, where he served as an usher, and he was a regular retreatant at Manresa. Warren was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend. His generosity, curious mind, and sense of humor will be deeply missed.
Warren is survived by his wife of 66 years Diane Laurent Kirsch; 3 sons, Stephen (wife Donna), Jeffrey, and Mark (wife Deborah); 11 grandchildren, Barry, Austin (wife Caitlin), Caleb (wife Mary Ryan), Jonathan, Cameron, Caroline, Katherine, James (fiancée Hannah), Nicholas, Elizabeth and Daniel; 2 great grandsons, Wesley and Gideon; brother Walter J. Kirsch (wife Gretchen); brother-in-law Francis Laurent, Jr. (wife Joy), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rose Kirsch, and brother James Calvin Kirsch and his wife Joyce.
Visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home in Baton Rouge from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16,2020, and at St. Patrick Church from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's at 11 a.m., with columbarium interment at Resthaven Garden of Memories. Reception at St. Patrick's Family Center.
Family wishes to thank Hospice of Baton Rouge, especially Ashley Fletcher, and devoted caregiver Lisa Allen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, St. Vincent de Paul or charity of your choice.
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