517 E Washington St, Arma, KS 66712

CARL “ANTHONY” PICHLER October 15, 1946 - March 9, 2023

Date of Funeral

March 15, 2023

Carl “Anthony” Pichler, 76, of rural Pittsburg, Kansas passed away on March 9, 2023 at 6:04 p.m. at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Mr. Anthony Pichler was born October 15, 1946, to Carl Frank and Rosemary (Kermashek) Pichler in Frontenac, Kansas. He was raised in Frontenac and graduated in 1964 from Frontenac High School, where he participated and excelled in sports all year around and all four years until graduating. After courting Donna Jo Zerngast, they united in marriage on September 6, 1965 in Arma, Kansas. After marriage he joined the Army National Guard where he served four years. After his service, Anthony and his wife Donna successfully opened Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s in February of 1970. Mr. Pichler was a businessman, and contributed to the community. He served as Crawford County Commissioner for 20 years from 1986 to 2006. Anthony and his family lived in the Crawford County area most of their lives. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Mirza Shrine, as well as many other civic organizations throughout the Pittsburg area. Survivors include, his wife, Donna of the home, two sons; Anthony (Lorry) Pichler of Pittsburg, Shawn (Gina) Pichler of Wichita, and a daughter, Melissa Pichler-Evans of Pittsburg. A sister Monica (Andy) Pichler Miller of Chiopee. Additional survivors include nine grandchildren; Carlie Caldwell, MaKayla Pichler, Alexis Pichler, Lane Pichler, Averie Hinton, Tavin Evans, Zain Evans, Kaden Pichler, Jace Pichler and four great-grandchildren, Mason Caldwell, Hadley Caldwell, Palmer Caldwell, Stella Caldwell and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Rosemary Pichler, a granddaughter, Jaylin Evans and great-granddaughter Saylor Caldwell.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Community Center 403 S. Pesavento Avenue, Pittsburg, Kansas with Father Jerome Spexarth officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date. Friends may come by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 14th to sign the registrar book at the Bedene Funeral Home in Arma, Kansas. The family suggest memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, in Pittsburg or to the Chicopee Community Center. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.

Memorial Service

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 10:00 A.M.
Chicopee Community Center
403 S. Pesavento
Pittsburg, Kansas


Burial of cremains will be at a later date

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or Chicopee Community Center


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    Debby Johnson says

    We were so very sorry to hear of Anthony’s passing! May the Peace that Passes All Understanding Be With Donna and the Family at this time! In His Love, Hoyt and Debby Johnson and Families

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    Gary & Marsha Wilkinson says

    Donna so sorry for your loss. Anthony was a Wonderful Man and a Good Friend for many years. He will be missed by all. If there is anything we can do let us know.

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    Carie R. Elsey(Sellars) says

    I’m so sorry for loss of big A, he was a wonderful man. I remember all the times we spent at you guys house an at the chicken place. He an my dad are finally together and having fun. Jim sellars was my dad. May they both fest in peace. God bless the family in this times an all the days after.

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    Doug Buche says

    I remember Anthony well. I especially remember his sports abilities, as we often oompeted during my youth. He had a very affable personality and was known as one of the good guys. I am happy that you, Donna, and the rest of his family were able to have him in your lives even as I know how terribly you will miss Anthony. My sincere condolences to you and the family…Your school friend. Doug

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    Ron Wosel says

    Donna, so sorry to hear about Anthony. My best remembrances of him was when he and I worked on his El Camino in my Dad’s garage back in the late 60″s.
    Please thank Don Lipasek for keeping us informed of class and friends happenings.
    Ron Wosel

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