Richard J. "Bear" Kirchner
1926 - 2014 SHEFFIELD Richard J. Kirchner, 87, of Sheffield, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Pittsfield on Aug. 3, 1926, son of Bernard and Myrtle Plouffe Kirchner. Dick graduated from the former Searles High School class of 1944. After graduation, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II. Dick worked as a mason contractor and for the Town of Sheffield until retiring in 2014. Dick served as a member of the Board of Selectmen for 34 years and member of the Board of Health for 42 years. He was recently honored by the Town of Sheffield for his combined 204 years of service to his community on various boards and in many positions. He was a Life Member of the Sheffield American Legion Post #340, the James A. Modolo VFW Post #8340 in Great Barrington and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed many years of deer hunting and also enjoyed challenging everyone to a horseshoe match at family picnics and outings. Dick is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margery Curtiss Kirchner, whom he married at Our Lady of the Valley Church on Jan. 17, 1948; three sons, Michael Kirchner and his wife, Sheryl of West Stockbridge, Bernard Kirchner and his wife, Deborah of Sheffield and Peter Kirchner and his wife, Katrina of Brewster; one daughter, Cathy Finkle and her husband, Fred of Sheffield; one brother, Eugene Kirchner of Pittsfield; two sisters, Rose Alfano of Winsted, Conn., and Laurette Herting of Cosakie N.Y., nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Ann; by brothers, Jerome and David, and by sister, Winifred. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Richard "Bear" Kirchner, who died Thursday, July 31, will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield with the Rev. Bruce N. Teague, pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Our Lady of the Valley Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Richard's memory may be made to the Sheffield American Legion in care of the funeral home at 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Birches-Roy Funeral Home
33 South St Great Barrington, MA 01230
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 2, 2014