Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

May 29, 2013

Allan A. Kirschner, 78


The Herald-Tribune

— Allan A. Kirschner, 78, Batesville, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Born April 21, 1935, in Batesville, he was the son of Eulalia (Ferkinhoff) and Ivo Kirschner. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1955-57, he became a bank examiner/financial officer brought in to help troubled and failing credit unions. He retired after more than 30 years in the field. Al was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1461, Knights of St. John Commandery 243 and Holy Family Catholic Church.

According to his daughters, in his younger days Al was a bit of a hell-raiser. He would eventually settle down and faith became important to him. He credits his mother for this.

A longtime passion for him was model trains. He enjoyed putting displays together in his attic and was a member of the Uptown Whitewater Model Train Club.

Apparently he also liked going to garage sales and thrift stores, hunting for new treasures. It always impressed his family how organized he was and how easy it was for him to retrieve or refer back to a document when he needed it. His morning coffee was a must and while he liked roast beef, potatoes and corn, he preferred pork chops and ham.

He loved being with his family. Whether it was an impromptu gathering or the holidays, he treasured that time together. Christmas was his favorite.

Not really a sports fan per se, he used to attend the Indianapolis 500 regularly with his daughters and developed into a Colts fan over the last 10 years. He preferred big band and country music and something that always made his daughters laugh was that “Dad liked to think of himself as a ladies’ man.”

He is survived by daughters Kim Hoffmaster, Lebanon, Ohio, and Kelley Light, Fishers; sister Margaret Feie, Cincinnati; brothers Tom Kirschner, Greenfield, and Ed “Pork” Kirschner, Batesville; and seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.