Janet Elaine (Brownlee) Kirchner


Janet Elaine (Brownlee) Kirchner died February 4, 2020 in Bartlesville, OK. She was 70 years old.


Janet Elaine Brownlee was born August 13, 1949 in Elk City, OK, the second of six children of Glen and Mary Brownlee. Jan graduated from Deerfield (KS) HS in 1967. She attended Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and received her Bachelor’s Degree at Bartlesville Wesleyan College. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree at the University of Tulsa.


Jan and Joe were married May 10, 1970 in Winfield, KS and lived on the family ranch in northern Osage County. Jan started and ended her teaching career at Bowring School. She was a member of that special “Bowring Family” and they were hers. Most of her career was spent teaching 6th grade at Pawhuska Indian Camp. She was the Pawhuska Jr. High girls’ basketball coach for a few seasons and was the Pawhuska High School softball coach.


She is survived by her husband, Joe D. Kirchner of the home; daughter, Jody Kirchner; son-in-law, Paul Buckner and grandson, Chase, of Claremore, OK; bonus daughter, Laura Glentzer of Stillwater, OK; daughter-in-law, LeeAnn Kirchner of Pawhuska, OK; grandson, Robert Hahn and fiancé, Lacee Crawford, of Dewey, OK; brother, Larry Brownlee and wife, Sue, of Garden City, KS; sister, Jean Sporleder and husband, Roger, of Wichita, KS; sister, Joyce Trettenero and husband, Jim, of Great Bend, KS; sister, Chris Smith and husband, Richard, of Pierceville, KS; brother, Jim Brownlee and wife, Shirley, of Kalamazoo, MI; brother-in-law, Bob Kirchner and wife, June, of Pawhuska, OK; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Farnsworth and husband, Mark, of Ponca City, OK; and many more family and friends that will miss her deeply.


She was preceded in death by her son, Travis Kirchner; grandson, Ty Kirchner; parents, Glen and Mary Brownlee; and parents-in-law, Joe H. and Gertrude Kirchner.


Jan was so much more than could ever be written in words. She was funny, brilliant, creative, driven, witty, courageous, tough as nails and generous. She loved the K.C. Royals and all things softball. She was a mom, a wife, a teacher and a coach on and off the field. Most of all she was a great friend, a mentor, a hero and a warrior.


A service was held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowring School Glenn Chinn Memorial Gymnasium in Bowring, OK.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Journey Home, a hospice house, 900 N.E. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006 (www.thejourneyhomeok.com).