By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Jan 14, 2012 | 12:21 AM
Richard Franklyn Kirchner, a World War II veteran and retired Social Security Administration official, died Jan. 7 of Lewy body dementia at the Harmony Hall assisted-living facility in Columbia.
He was 86.
Mr. Kirchner was born in New York City and raised there and in Monticello, N.Y., where his father recuperated from tuberculosis.
After graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City in 1943, he was drafted into the Army and served as a hospital corpsman in England and Europe.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 on the GI Bill of Rights from New York University. In 1957, he earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and practiced in Bayshore, N.Y., until joining SSA in the early 1960s.
Mr. Kirchner was a communicant of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City, where a memorial service will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, which will be followed by a breakfast.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kirchner is survived by a son, Robert M. Kirchner of Edmonton, Canada; a daughter, Nancy S. Kirchner of Elkridge; three stepsons, David Palencar of Sykesville, Michael Palencar of Friends in Frederick County and Joseph Palencar of Towson; and 12 grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Elaine Johnson ended in divorce.