Shirley Jane Fricker Kirchner died July 30, 2021, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, after a brief illness. She was 75.
Jane was born February 28, 1946, at Ingleboro Hospital, Smith Center, KS. Her parents were Keith and Merna (Upp) Fricker. Jane grew up on a farm north of Lebanon, KS, and, along with her brother, Roger, helped her parents with farm and household chores. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1964 and attended college at Fort Hays State University for two years. College was not her “cup of tea”, however, so she returned to Smith County and was hired by the Smith County State Bank and Trust. When she retired 46 years later, from the position of Vice-President and Assistant Trust Officer, Linton Lull announced that she had successfully passed her probation period.
On January 27, 1968, Jane married James Kirchner at the Methodist Church in Lebanon, KS. To this union were born two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.
Jane was a member of the Smith Center Church of the Nazarene. She served as treasurer for four local organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution, Red Hats, Garden Lore Club, and the Lebanon Alumni Association. Jane & Jim were youth group sponsors for YFC in the 70’s and 80’s.
In addition to these organizations, Jane served her community in other significant ways. She was treasurer of Meals on Wheels and, along with Jim, served as volunteer coordinator for 25 plus years. She worked on the Home Alone Board for 16 years. She was treasurer of Smith County Hospice since its beginning until it was incorporated with Northwest Kansas Hospice, and was its board chair until her death.
Jane and Jim loved to travel. They have been to 49 of the 50 states, and to five continents. They made numerous mission trips together, traveling to Belize twice, the Philippines twice, and to Zambia six times. In between these trips, Jane was busy gathering supplies for hygiene kits and school supplies for backpacks as well as clothing and other needed items.
Jane is survived by her husband, Jim, Smith Center, KS; daughters Jennifer Boehler, and husband Mike, Laurel, Montana, and Jessica Kort, and husband, Brian, Juniata, Nebraska; grandchildren Dakota, Dalton and Darby Boehler and Cameron, Braiden and Kiera Kort; brother Roger Fricker, and wife, Laura, Lebanon, KS; Brother in law Richard Kirchner and wife Marian, Kansas City, MO; sister in law Mary Jo Arneson and husband Jim, Seward, NE; aunt Freda Groves, El Dorado, KS; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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