William Joseph Kirchner

May 10, 1931May 19, 2021

William Joseph “Bill” Kirchner passed away at home on May 19, in Victorville, CA, just a few days after his 90th birthday.

He was born on May 10, 1931, in Wymore, Nebraska, to Thelma Alice (Stewart) and Ralph John “Toots” Kirchner. He spent his childhood in Wymore before moving with his family in 1946 to Riverside, California, after his mother re-married Frank Bingham. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1949 and enlisted in the Navy, where he served until 1953. He was stationed on a communications ship in South Korea and Japan. He married Patricia Earlene Nutbrown on March 23, 1963, in San Bernadino, CA. During his time in the Navy, he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and upon leaving the Navy he was employed by General Dynamics for over 30 years. During this time, he travelled the world (Italy, Japan, Korea) for the company working on various projects. After retirement he and Pat moved from Pomona, CA, to Wymore for a few years in the 1990s before settling in Victorville. He was a staunch Democrat and loved to bet on the horses.

He is survived by his wife Pat, daughter Emily, of Victorville, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Teresa Kirchner of San Antonio, Texas, brother James Kirchner of Corona, California, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Sheldon “Bob” Kirchner, sister Patricia Roberts. Burial service will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Desert View Funeral Home.

Messages of condolences can be left on Bill’s obituary at the Desert View Memorial Park website.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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Sandy Stewart

June 7, 2021

Bill was my cousin - his mom Thelma was first born of Trid and Etta Stewart, and my dad Dick was the last born of the Stewart clan. Since the Kirchners lived in California I didn't know them growing up in Nebraska, but got acquainted over the past few years, with phone calls and letters, especially since Bill and I shared the same political views. :)

It was fun to get to visit Bill and his brother Jim when I went to the Rose Bowl in 2016. It was uncanny how much they reminded me of my dad - the same laugh and manner of speaking. And the Stewart sense of humor, Bill definitely had that. I remember Dad talking about the Kirchner boys and how much fun and trouble they got into growing up in Wymore.

Sorry I won't be able to make it to the service but will be sending my thoughts and prayers, especially for peace and comfort for his family - wife Pat, daughter Emily, son Jim, and brother Jim.