Jack Kirchmeier

Jack Kirchmeier


May 9, 1937 - April 13, 2023


Jack Kirchmeier, 85, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2023, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 21, at Congregational United Church of Christ in Mitchell. Burial will be at Peace Cemetery in New Salem, ND at a later date. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

John “Jack” William Kirchmeier was born May 9, 1937, to Oswald and Amanda (Waechter) Kirchmeier in Jamestown, ND. He graduated from New Salem High School in North Dakota in 1955. In high school Jack was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and track. This passion followed him into adulthood, and somewhere along the way he picked up his love of golf. He was an avid Mitchell Kernels, DWU Tigers, and Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.

After high school, Jack proudly served in the US Army until 1958. Jack was united in marriage to Nancy Adams at Mitchell Wesleyan Church on January 25, 1961.

Jack was a dedicated, hardworking employee who always wore his smile to work. He worked for Peavey Lumber in New Salem, ND as a manager, and later became the owner. Jack then worked for De Smet Farm Mutual as an insurance adjuster. His last 17 years he worked for Mitchell School District until retiring at the age of 84. His heart filled with joy working with the students and faculty of the school. In 2019, he was recognized with a distinguished service award from Mitchell High School.

Jack was a dedicated father and grandfather. Jack was also a foster parent with his wife for 28 years, and every child was treated to his jokes and a piece of his heart. His wife, kids, and grandkids made his face light up every time he saw them. Jack never met a person who didn’t become his friend, or travel somewhere that he didn’t run into an old friend. Above all, Jack loved to make you smile. His biggest gift was sharing a joke or pulling a prank or two. From the caring words of a friend, “Jack, today and every day be proud of your work, be proud of the wonderful person you are, and the difference you have made.”

Jack will be deeply missed by his wife, Nancy; son, Michael Kirchmeier of Mitchell; daughters, Darla Kirchmeier (Kyle Corbin) of Missoula, MT, Crystal (Tim) Dixon of Mitchell, RaShara (Chad) Colwell of Mitchell, and Jessica Kirchmeier of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren: Devon, David, Dallas, Charlie, Jack, Julia, Ben, Victoria, and Danica; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Erhardt of New Salem, ND; brother, Jerome (Pat Williams) of Bryan, TX; sisters-in-law, Ida Kirchmeier, Betty Christensen, and Diana Wick; brothers-in-law, David Adams; Stan Hoflwolt and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant grandson, Thomas Michael; sister, Lorraine Toepke; brothers, Donald, Robert (Corky), and Kenneth; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.


Thursday, April 20, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Congregational United Church of Christ
301 E 4th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, April 21, 2023
11:00 AM
Congregational United Church of Christ
301 E 4th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Peace Cemetery
New Salem, ND

Posted by Brenda Lange on April 27, 2023
It was great working with Jack he was always so funny and very nice he will be missed. RIP
Posted by Mary&Denny Nath on April 21, 2023
We will remember Jack fondly because of his friendly smile and his exuberance in telling us a joke or two. Every time we met he had a new joke and always told it with a twinkle in his eye. He was a kind and gentle man. Our sympathies to the family.
Posted by Ardis Beck on April 21, 2023
Jack was a very special friend. I loved it when I ran into him at work. He’d always have a new joke for the children or staff at LB Williams. He will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Betty Munder Hampleman on April 19, 2023
I'm so blessed to have gotten to know Jack a little bit while I was the babysitter. I'll always smile when I think of him, he always showed his happy side to make people feel good. Blessings to the family.
Posted by Dan Sonne on April 18, 2023
I got to know Jack when we worked together at Senior High. He always had a joke or two or a story to tell, very quick witted! Just visited with him couple months ago at Walmart and as always a good joke! Condolences to his family.
Posted by Shelly Meyhoff on April 18, 2023
My sympathies to Nancy and children,. He was an amazing man, always had a smile on his face, and a joke up his sleeve. God took a wonderful man home. My prayers are with you.
Posted by Robert Gaebe on April 18, 2023
I played a lot of basketball with Jack in high school and beyond in amateur ball. He was a good shot, quick and a good team player. Had many fun times with him and his unique personality. He would occasionally call me from Mitchell just to BS. My sincerest sympathy to Jack's family
Posted by Merle Walter on April 18, 2023
So sorry to hear about Jack's passing! He was a great employee and friend l smile every time I think of him. Rest in peace Jack!
Posted by Merle Walter on April 18, 2023
So sorry to hear about Jack's passing! He was a great employee and friend l smile every time I think of him. Rest in peace Jack!
Posted by Shelly Knigge on April 17, 2023
I am a cashier at Coborn's. I use to always tell Jack that I wanted his conductor hat. He would just smile and be goofy. I will miss his funny comments and seeing his smiling face cone in the door.. I'll miss you Jack!!
Posted by Kelli (Barnhart) Malde on April 17, 2023
I am sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was always so kind and funny. Jack always had a story or a joke to share with me. Thinking of you all.
Posted by William Brummett ,(Bill) & Sherri Brummett. on April 16, 2023
Nancy & Family, Our deepest sympathy goes out to you for the lost of jack. He would always talk to us or give us a bad time when we would see him. He was a very nice funny guy. We are glad that we got to know him. THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Posted by Amanda Walz Nava on April 15, 2023
I'm so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a am amazing person with such an amazing heart. I've known him since I was a kid and spent a lot of time at the house, they made me feel like I was one of their own. He will he greatly missed.
Posted by STAN RUFF on April 15, 2023
Sorry for your loss 😢 prayers for the family
Posted by Tammy Mayer Frost on April 14, 2023
To Jack’s family, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I have so many memories of Jack and am sure that you do too. What a great man he was and always made time to visit. Cherish the memories and know he is in a great place.
Posted by Shanna Weiss on April 14, 2023
Rashara and family I am so sorry for your loss! Will be thinking about you now and in the difficult days ahead.
Posted by Teresa Mayer Sprinkel on April 14, 2023
Nancy & family, so sorry to hear about Jack! Jack was a wonderful man with his quick wit and playful banter. Heaven gained a great man. Rest in peace Jack!
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