Wilbur “Bill” Kirchhofer, 97, a resident of Berne, passed away at 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011, in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Bill was born on December 21, 1913, in Adams County, the son of Amos and Emma (Huser) Kirchhofer.
He married Laura Sprunger on March 21, 1937, she preceded him in death in 2008.
Bill was a member of First Mennonite Church in Berne.
He was a carpenter by trade, but also farmed and raised turkeys early in his life. He was employed by Reiff Construction of Bluffton and later by Habegger Builders of Berne, from which he retired with 30 years of service.
Bill and Laura were volunteers at Camp Gilead for 30 years and Bill also served as a Wabash Township 4-H leader.
Bill is survived by a son, Robert (Carol) Kirchhofer of Fort Wayne; a son, James (Bonnie) Kirchhofer of South Haven, Minnesota; a son, Marvin (Nancy) Kirchhofer of Elida, Ohio; a daughter, Evelyn (Paul) Norr of Berne; and a daughter, Betty (James) LeFever of Berne. Other survivors include 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Rufus Kirchhofer, and by two sisters, Florence Lehman and Irene Kirchhofer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011, in the First Mennonite Church chapel, with Pastor Jerry Flueckiger and Pastor Kent Norr officiating.
Interment will be in M.R.E. Cemetery of rural Berne.
Family and friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at the Swiss Village chapel and one hour prior to the funeral service at the First Mennonite Church chapel on Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Camp Gilead or to the First Mennonite Church's building fund.
Arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne.
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