Martin Lawrence Kichler, 87, of Girard, went to be with the Lord at 3:50 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2011 in the Girard Medical Center.

Martin Lawrence Kichler, 87, of Girard, went to be with the Lord at 3:50 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2011 in the Girard Medical Center.

He was born February 14, 1924 to Tony and Mary (Roth) Kichler in Haven, Kansas.  He attended schools in Haven before moving to Girard as a young man and lived there the remainder of his life.

Martin served in the US Army during W.W. II from April 19, 1944 until he was honorably discharged on May 15, 1946.  He received the American, European, African, Middle Eastern, and Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbons and many more medals.

He married Mary Frances Holland on June 15, 1947 at Brazilton, Kansas.  She preceded him in death on January 30, 2005.

He was employed by the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, the Crawford County Road and Bridge Crew, and Producers Coop of Girard.  He was a longtime Crawford County businessman, operating the Texaco Filling Station, Kichler’s Safety Service, both of Girard, and the Girard Recycling Service.  He was a longtime farmer and rancher in Girard.

Martin enjoyed the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He also enjoyed many years of raising cattle and horses.

He was a member and past elder of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Steven Bennefeld Post No. 7479, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion, all of Girard.

Martin helped with organizing the Rural Water District No. 1 and the Crawford County Township Fire Department.

Survivors include his daughters Karen McGown and husband Warren of McCune and Diane Call and husband Tom of Girard; his sons Darrel Kichler and wife Donna of Towanda, Larry Kichler and wife Connie of Sherwood, Arkansas, Dennis Kichler and wife Pam of Ottawa, and Steve Kichler of Girard; his sisters Katherine Wulf of Grove, Cora Swift of Frontenac,  Mildred Holloway and Florence Willey, of Grove; a brother, Arnold Kichler of McCune; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Aaron Kichler; his sisters Anna Price, Alfrieda Strouse, and Mary Lentz; a brother, Pete Kichler; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard with Pastor Mark Wenzelburger officiating.  Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery with military honors conducted by his Grandson-in-law, Jeffrey Fisher with the Kansas National Guard Military Honors Team and the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 1:00 p.m., Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church and these may be left at the church or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com.