Nathan D. Kehrein, son of Lonni and Glen Kehrein, died tragically at his Chicago home May 14. He was 31 years old. Kehrein is the son of the Executive Director of Circle Urban Ministries, a faith-based social service organization in Austin. He was born at St. Anne’s Hospital January 13, 1979, during the biggest snowstorm in Chicago history.
Kehrein grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1997. During his years there, Nathan played football, starting on the varsity team for three years. He was elected a member of the 1996 All-City All Star Team and was named defensive player of the game.
After graduation, Nathan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged May 16, 2002. Nathan was a member of Rock Church and played basketball with Bo Delaney and the Wolf Pack at Circle Urban Ministries. Transformation Crusade Ministries of Rock Church and Men in Action of Zion, Illinois helped mold his manhood.
Kehrein enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing for Northern Pike in Canada and hunting deer with bow and arrow. He bred and raised pit bull terriers. He enjoyed a deep and close relationship with his brother Cy, nephew Sean David, and niece Jessie. He also enjoyed his time in his family’s cottage on the Illinois River in Peru, Illinois.
During his teen years, Nathan battled an undiagnosed mental illness that apparently developed into a deep depression. This pain and desperation finally led to his death.
Nathan is survived by his loving parents and brother; plus two sisters, TaraDawn (Ryan) Knull of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Chelsey Angela (Sean) Powell of Kankakee, Illinois; his niece and nephew. He also leaves to mourn, his paternal grandmother, Lynda Kehrein; and maternal grandfather, Bert Bulkley; plus aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends from all walks of life.
Visitation is 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday, May 21, at Rock Church, 5626 West Washington Boulevard. Funeral service begins at 10:30 AM at Rock Church on Saturday, May 22, officiated by Rev. A. Lincoln Washington. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.