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John Kirchofner

Apr 4, 2014

John Kirchofner, the son of John and Annie (Miller) Kirchofner was born on March 24, 1925 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He died at the age of 89 years on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at his home in Rugby, North Dakota.

John was raised in the home of his parents and completed his education in a country school near Rugby. On October 13, 1947, he was united in marriage to Bernice Duchscher at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. They made their home in and around Rugby until 1955, then moved to Jamestown, North Dakota. In 1962, they moved their family back to Rugby and started a new business called Rugby Homes, retiring in the late 1990’s. John was a longtime member of the 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, AZ, 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 of Rugby; a sister, Betty Kraft of Karlsruhe; nieces, nephews; 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 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, Celebrant

Visitation: will be from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday in the Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. There will be no Reviewal in the church.

Music: Jaime Kirchofner Piano, Oboe & Soloist & Dara Kirchofner Scholz Piano and Soloist

Gift Bearers: Sydney Nelson, Joseph Filler, Dilon Filler & Maddex Kirchofner

Honor Guard: Members of the John F. Kennedy Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus

Casket Bearers: Corey Reiter, Damian Reiter, Dustin Kirchofner, Derek Kirchofner, Kevin Kirchofner, Justin Meier, Andrew Lassig, Schyler Kumpf and Chad Duchscher.

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com

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