John Kirchofner, the son of John and Annie (Miller) Kirchofner, was born March 24, 1925, in Devils Lake. He died at the age of 89 on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home in Rugby.
John was raised in the home of his parents and completed his education in a country school near Rugby. He was united in marriage to Bernice Duchscher on Oct. 13, 1947, at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. They made their home in and around Rugby until 1955, then moved to Jamestown. In 1962, they moved their family back to Rugby and started a new business called Rugby Homes, retiring in the late 1990s.
John was a longtime member of Little Flower Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #4136 and the John F. Kennedy #0786 Assembly of the 4th Degree. He was one of the founding and charter member of the Rugby Eagles Club.
John is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Bernice; children, Carol (Allen) Reiter, of Rugby, Ronald (Donna) of Yuma, Ariz., Gary (Kathy) of Rugby and Gayla Meier, of Winston, Ga.; grandchildren, Corey and Damian Reiter, Derek and Dustin Kirchofner, Dara Kirchofner Scholz, Jaime Kirchofner, Kevin Kirchofner, Jill (Meier) Filler, Cara (Meier) Aus, Lindsay (Meier) Selensky, Justin Meier; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward and Roy, both of Rugby; a sister, Betty Kraft, of Karlsruhe; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, Sebastian and Jacob Kirchofner; sisters, Francis (in infancy), Josephine Geisinger, Lena Nygaard and Cele Clark; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, celebrant.
Visitation will be Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a rosary and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. There will be no reviewal in the church.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).