Jan Kirby


Funeral services for 77-year old Jan Kirby of Chadron, NE, are Monday, November 1, 2021 at 10:00  at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.

Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron

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Janet Lee Kirby was born at home in Crawford, NE, on October 11, 1944, to George and Millie (Holder) Langford, and passed away at Chadron Community Hospital on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Jan attended school in Crawford before the family moved to Chadron. She attended Chadron Prep School from 3rd through 11th grades and she was active in marching and concert band, Pep Club, and choir.

When the Prep High School closed in 1961, Jan went to Chadron High School for her senior year, graduating in 1962.

Jan was a Girl Scout and earned all the badges, she regularly attended Sunday school and church services at the First Congregational Church – singing in the church choir and often serving as an acolyte.

After high school, Jan attended Chadron State College for one year then married Richard Kirby in 1964. To this union was born three children: Robert, Brenda, and Wendy.

Jan and Richard spent most of their years together in Kimball. She lived in 6 states and visited 23 states and Mexico, and she worked various jobs in her lifetime.

In 1995 she moved back to Chadron and soon began working as a housekeeper at Chadron High School, retiring from there in 2007.

Jan was a die-hard Husker football fan and was able to attend the Nebraska vs. Texas Tech game on October 20, 2001. Getting together with family and friends to cheer for the Huskers was her favorite Saturday activity.

She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, also. Jan was a 63-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Bill Dowling Unit 12.

Jan is survived by her sister Marilyn Hills of Chadron, daughter Wendy (Dan) Scherbarth of Chadron, son Robert (Cindi) Kirby of Colorado, son-in-law Michael Larimore of Wyoming,

9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents George and Millie Langford, sister Patricia Preble, brother Steve Langford, daughter Brenda Larimore, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Jan Kirby